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Growers Tackle Locusts With Insecticide

22 April 2010

AUSTRALIA - Farmers in central-west New South Wales are turning to insecticides in a bid to tackle the locust plague that has hit the state.

The pests have wiped out thousands of hectares of early sown wheat and barley and growers have been warned that the problem could get worse.

One grain producer told ABC that insecticide appears to be deterring locusts from eating his canola seedlings and he will use the product on barley as well.

"Hopefully that will keep the locusts at bay when it comes up," he commented.

"I don't know if it's the correct management decision, but we're just trying this to see if it works."

Farmers in western Victoria have also been hit by locusts, with the pests forcing them to hold off sowing.

Oats seem to have been less badly affected than barley and wheat, Forbes agronomist Graham Falconer told the news provider.

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