Diagnosis of pasture damage by symptoms. For agronomy advice get in touch with Notman Pasture Seeds.
Thinning, especially of clover, leading to bare patches; and low heaps of soil thrown up on surface
- Blackheaded pasture cockchafers
Unthriftiness of pasture, sometimes with sward uprooted by birds and stock.
- Redheaded pasture cockchafer and other root–feeding cockchafers.
Clover leaves with speckled appearance of green tissue removed from both surfaces leaving leaf skeletonising.
- Lucerne Flea
Clover leaves showing a blotchy silvery discolouration.
- Redlegged earth mite (esp. light soils in coastal areas)
Leaf chewing of clover and grasses; stems of grasses severed below seed head.
- Southern armyworm
Selective loss of clovers and flatweeds, often followed by a loss of grass in autumn
- Wingless grasshopper (abundant mainly on light soils)
Poor germination of annual–type pastures or new pastures in autumn; loss of pasture adjacent to cracks in heavier soils.
- Black field cricket