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Revised Hatching Dates 'Make Locust Control Difficult'

03 September 2010

AUSTRALIA – State authorities in parts of Australia are preparing for a harder-than-expected locust control operation, as amended hatching dates are released.

According to ABC News, the Australian Plague Locust Commission has revised its forecast hatching dates for most of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, as the spur-throated species threatens to ravage the nation's crop.

Chris Adriaansen, from the commission, told the news provider that locusts normally hatch from north to south, but claimed that this was not expected to happen with the current outbreak.

"Logistically, it makes it a lot more difficult. It also means that we could end up with some protracted hatching periods and we may end up … where control works takes us a deal longer because of that protracted hatching," he said.

Fears that spur-throated locust plagues could devastate crops in Queensland, meanwhile, have been quashed by early measures taken by Biosecurity Queensland to eliminate the pest.

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