news, features, articles and disease information for the crop industry


Rain Not Expected To Slow Locust Hatchings

25 August 2010

Crop farmers across the Australian state of Victoria have been told that rainfall may not reduce the number of locusts starting to hatch in northern parts of the area this spring.

According to ABC News, the state has seen a considerable amount of rainfall in the past month, with minor floods occurring in some regions.

Dale Boyd, an agronomist from the Department of Primary Industries at Echuca, told the news provider that he had been mapping where the locust eggs were.

He explained that the Plague Locust Commission was currently under the impression that rain would not affect the eggs.

"What they've indicated to me is, to the best information they've got, this won't have a large impact on the survival rate of the eggs," said Mr Boyd.

The expert went on to say that, from what he had witnessed so far, the pests had been laying eggs on areas of higher ground, avoiding the waterlogged lands of lower lying regions.

Earlier this week, ABC News reported that the state government of Queensland had warned that the area could soon be facing its worst plague of locusts in at least 30 years.

TheCropSite News Desk

Our Sponsors