Tag: Pest Control

Cricket Bait for Victorian farmers

Cricket Bait is an insecticide treated grain product for the control of black field crickets in pasture. Black field crickets pose a insect pest threat to newly sown and established grass pastures over the late summer and autumn period. Cricket Bait is highly palatable and has a rapid knockdown effect on the target pest. PASTURE LOSSES A field population of 20 crickets/m2 could cause a pasture loss of 1600 kg DM/ha in 98 days. The actual loss in anyone season could, however, be as low as 860 kg DM/ha or as high as 2450 kg DM/ha depending on availability of feed (Blank, 1985). Severely defoliated ryegrass plants will be slow and many plant can die. Cricket-damaged pasture that do recover […]

Diagnosis of pasture damage by symptoms

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 […]