2016’s Pantry Blitz, a citizen science project in Western Australia, was so successful that it is once again running in WA and has been extended to include South Australians.
Australian grain growers have been told to “watch their dollar carefully”, as currency movements are set to have the biggest bearing on Australian grain prices next season and beyond, according to US grains expert Dan Basse, who is in Australia as part of Rabobank’s Visiting Experts Program.
Grain growers across the nation planning to spray paddocks for control of weeds, diseases and pests in 2017 and beyond are being supported in their spray application efforts with the very latest best practice advice and guidance.
Bumper crops combined with wet and windy weather at harvest is likely to leave more grain on the ground than usual over summer, fuelling a potential swell in mouse populations in Victoria and South Australia.
Within three weeks of the completion of harvest is the best time for a grower to fumigate stored grain to control insect pests, according to grain storage expert Ben White.
Growers planning to store grain in unsealed storages after 2016’s harvest are being encouraged to consider using grain protectants to reduce the risk of insect pest infestations.