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Locusts 'Could Contaminate Grain'

03 November 2010

AUSTRALIA – Experts have voiced fears that the current locust plague affecting parts of the country could result in a reduction of wheat and barley quality.

ABC reports that GrainCorp said it can accept grain with up to three whole hoppers per half litre sample, but higher levels could result in crops being downgraded or rejected.

However, there are concerns that the pests could penetrate crops to a higher degree if they are flying while farmers are harvesting crops.

David Ginns from GrainCorp said: "If we do find ... elevated levels of locusts in grain that would otherwise meet the standards, we'll look at providing segregations where grain with elevated levels of large insects can be binned and then have the large insects graded out afterwards."

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