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2010 Locust

All you need to know for 2010 locust plague

 
Locust photos from Technical Bulletin #14, near Quambatook on 6 October.
Dense band of 1000s of locusts/m2 basking in the sun. Hoppers becoming active and moving around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Locusts found at Carwarp on the 16th of September
Locusts at Carwarp (just south of Mildura)

Locusts: to sow or not to sow? Published 30 April 2010
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will no doubt be alert to the building number of plague locusts in southern New South Wales and the northern parts of Victoria and South Australia. Reported as the worst locust situation in 40 years, the infestation has seen some crops and pastures eaten down to nothing. This relatively uncommon situation has sparked significant discussion about the best way to manage the outbreak and reduce the risk of crop loss.

Locusts: what have we learnt and what can we expect around harvest? Published 14 May 2010
An early season look at the implications of the locust plague.

Locusts - Planning for spring Published 2 July 2010
This special technical note is aimed at helping you develop a plan to manage what is shaping up to be a bad year for locusts. There are no certainties in any of this, but we hope that the following will, fill in the knowledge gaps and help you make a realistic plan so that you won’t be overwhelmed in spring when the locusts hatch and start devouring crops and pastures.

Please contact Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC), via their website, and report egg beds. If the APLC receives plenty of notification it may assist in the co-ordination of control practices in spring/early summer. The APLC can be contacted on their website by clicking on "Reporting Locust". Alternativiely, DPI can be contacted on their Locust Hotline on 1300 13 5559 between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

APLC:                  www.daff.gov.au/animal-plant-health/locusts                
VIC DPI:               new.dpi.vic.gov.au/home (under current issues, go to locusts)
WA DPI:               www.agric.wa.gov.au/ (go to locusts under the Index)
Pulse Australia:     Locust can impact on pulse deliveries
ABC Rural:           http://www.abc.net.au/rural/locusts

Additional Recording Site www.locustmap.com.au

Frequently asked questions about locust from the DAFF website.

The Department of Primary Industries has provided information on the chemical rebate, a decision tool to help with chemical selection including with holding periods and a cost calculator. For more information and updates visit the DPI locust web page here.

Large swarms of locusts travelled through New South Wales, south west Queensland and the northern parts of Victoria and South Australia earlier this year. Landholders must be vigilant in protecting all crops and pastures from spring locust hatchings by using targeted applications of registered or permitted insecticides. Plague Locust Control Factsheet on GRDC website.

The Victorian Government is providing a 100 percent rebate on the purchase of chemicals used for the treatment of locusts by elegible private landholders in areas expected to be worst affected by locusts in spring 2010. The purpose of the rebaste is to assist eligible landholders treat locust hoppers before they are able to fly and spread in large numbers across the state. Locust Insecticide Rebate Fact Sheet.

Locust Bands Identified by Aerial Surveillance Map from DPI

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