Grains Research and Development

Date: 29.08.2011

Mouse control

Southern cropping region grain growers dealing with and preparing for further significant mouse damage leading up to grain fill are being supported in their efforts by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

An updated GRDC fact sheet on mouse control is being direct mailed to growers as part of a national thrust to combat what is expected to be a continuation of Australia’s worst mouse plague in living memory.

Carryover populations from last autumn have the potential to cause severe damage to crops at flowering and seed set and so monitoring for damage over the next month will be critical and baiting is advised as soon as crop damage is noticed.

The GRDC fact sheet, which provides growers with the latest advice on strategies to minimise crop damage by mice, has been endorsed by the National Mouse Management Working Group (NMMWG) which has been set up to co-ordinate actions to counter the imminent plague and to facilitate bait availability on-ground when it’s needed.

Please see attached Grain Flash for further details, or go to grdc.com.au/media.

Region North, South, West, National