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BCG in Focus – mice movements and myths with CSIRO researcher Steve Henry

CSIRO researcher Steve Henry visited the BCG offices in Birchip in October 2017 during one of his regular monitoring trips which sees him travelling thousands of kilometres each trip. With mice wreaking havoc for Wimmera and Mallee growers this season, the BCG in Focus podcast sat down with Mr Henry to get a handle on […]

2017 Main Field Day – The latest on mice, Steve Henry (CSIRO)

CSIRO researcher Steve Henry (@mousealert) presented the latest mice data for spring at the BCG Main Field Day September 2017. Mr Henry monitors mice numbers as part of a GRDC national project.

Mice numbers and behaviour in the Southern Mallee

In recent weeks BCG has been monitoring 13 paddocks around Birchip to better understand mice numbers and their behaviour. The aim was to find answers to questions raised about the level of mouse activity in the area and their feeding preferences. The hypothesis was that the stubble type that had become the habitat of a […]

Time to ask the big climate and mice questions at the BCG Trials Review Day

Growers have the perfect opportunity to discuss all things mice populations and climate outlook with two industry experts joining the BCG Trials Review Day lineup to be held on the 16 February at the Birchip Leisure Centre. Mice could be a potential problem in 2018, CSIRO research officer Steve Henry will present on current mice […]

The latest on mice

CSIRO mice researcher Steve Henry recently visited the BCG Main Field Day and urged growers to continue monitoring their paddocks as the season progresses. Mr Henry explained that although mice plagues in southern Australia are quite irregular, Queensland experiences plagues every one to two years. Unfortunately, no one has a clear understanding to what drives […]

Mice activity and control

Conducive conditions such as high stubble loads and lots of grain on the ground, particularly in barley paddocks, has meant an increase in mice numbers in recent months.  Source: GRDC Mouse monitoring project Mice numbers in the Wimmera and Mallee region have been steadily increasing, however, according to MouseAlert mice numbers are considered moderate but […]

Controlling mice at sowing

With several reports of mice activity from both the Wimmera and Mallee this week (May 1), BCG is urging growers to monitor their paddocks and to bait at risk crops accordingly. Mouse numbers can build rapidly in the right conditions, leading to crop damage throughout the growing season. Early detection of an increasing mouse population […]

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