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Australian plague locust warning

Warm spring conditions have triggered Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera) eggs to begin hatching in the Riverina district of New South Wales. This should serve as a reminder to be on the lookout for this pest as they can cause severe damage to pastures and a range of field crops if not controlled at an early stage. Once locusts become adults, controlling them becomes difficult and expensive.

A potentially serious nymphal infestation with many bands is expected to develop in the Riverina and Central West of New South Wales, and in North Central Victoria in October and November. Landholder identification and control of small bands on farms will be critical to minimising the impact of nymphs on crops and pastures during this time. Any sightings of Australian plague locusts should be reported to the Rural Lands Protection Board or the Department of Primary Industries, so that populations can be monitored and timely advice on control issued.

Click here for images of the Australian plague locust and refer to Australian Plague Locust Commission for further information on the present situation across south-eastern Australia.

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