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Mouse monitoring a must to reduce crop damage risk.. NMMWG chair Ian Hastings says that monitoring must continue to occur on a paddock-by-paddock basis and growers should be prepared to bait immediately after sowing where higher than normal activity is identified. ".. Some breeding has been occurring and in those areas where mice caused significant damage last year or where paddocks are at high risk, considerable precautions must be taken."..
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The new app designed by the Invasive Animals CRC helps people to identify introduced vertebrate pests and to choose the most appropriate control measures... Project leader Peter West says the app features the 56 most damaging introduced pests including recent arrivals such as the Indian ringnecked parakeet, an aviary bird that is now appearing in the wild... The app includes: descriptions of each species and a map of their geographic range; photo galleries of animals and their tracks or droppings (where relevant); audio recordings of animal calls; and links to other pest control resources such as the PestSmart Toolkits, also produced by the Invasive Animals CRC...
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GRDC Mouse Broadcast Warns of Mice Persisting till Autumn.. The broadcast featured a video discussion with key experts from the National Mouse Management Working Group and the regulator the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), who responded to questions sent from growers and industry members viewing from their computers around Australia... The innovative technology allows GRDC to get even closer to growers and respond quickly to their questions and issues, in this case the changing situation in mouse numbers and control," she said...
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A snail bait distribution trial on Yorke Peninsula in 2013 tested the coverage of various spreaders and found that on average coverage was two-thirds of that expected with urea... Recent rains across much of south-eastern Australia have led growers to look at controlling snails and slugs due to an increase in their activity, meaning now is the ideal time to spread bait... "Research is still continuing into the effects of fragmented baits, but it is unlikely that these smaller fragments would contain a lethal dose, so I would recommend that when growers do their calibration run, they look for fragmentation - where instead of baits there are small crumbs - and increase the dose assuming that those baits are no longer effective...
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Mice on the move in CQ - plan ahead and protect summer crops.. Thankfully mouse populations have not reached levels which pose a significant threat to yield during the current harvest, but a number of growers from the Central Highlands, Arcadia, and Callide-Dawson Valleys are reporting rising numbers around their farms... Remember that mice are vermin and can carry disease; gloves should be worn when handling mice and appropriate occupational health and safety procedures, including protective clothing, should be adhered to when handling poisons...
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Mice threaten Darling Downs crop yields.. "A number of Darling Downs grain growers are reporting crop damage and we have already baited once on our farm," Mr Taylor said... Some tell-tale signs that mice are on the move are burrows and holes around the farm; mouse droppings on the soil and plants; seeds being dug up and plants being gnawed; and more birds of prey than normal...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
" Date: 28.09.2008 RUTHERGLEN BUG, SORGHUM MIDGE AND DIAGNOSING POOR SEED SET IN GRAIN SORGHUM.. Samples of grain from heads infested with different densities of RGB have been analysed by NIR for changes in grain quality... The incorporation of this resistance within the DPI&F sorghum breeding program is being aided by the use of marker-assisted selection (MAS)...
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Southern cropping region grain growers dealing with and preparing for further significant mouse damage leading up to grain fill are being supported in their efforts by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)... An updated GRDC fact sheet on mouse control is being direct mailed to growers as part of a national thrust to combat what is expected to be a continuation of Australia's worst mouse plague in living memory... Carryover populations from last autumn have the potential to cause severe damage to crops at flowering and seed set and so monitoring for damage over the next month will be critical and baiting is advised as soon as crop damage is noticed...
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Darling Downs' growers warned of mouse numbers.. Grain growers in Queensland's Darling Downs are being warned to monitor their crops for mouse-related damage and consider baiting, after a dramatic increase in mice being trapped by researchers... Recent monitoring in the Dawson and Callide Valleys in central Queensland shows mouse numbers are slightly up on what was seen during September, but populations are not high enough to be causing economic damage to crops or to justify the expense of baiting...
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Growers encouraged to keep an eye on mice.. Growers in south-eastern areas of Western Australia's grainbelt are encouraged to monitor mouse numbers and start thinking about baiting measures that may be required next autumn... Mice can damage crops at seeding time in autumn by digging into the soil and eating the seed, or after crop emergence when they attack the seedling...
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