Grains Research and Development

Date: 25.03.2013

Are your crops getting sluggish?

Author: Natalie Lee
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Slugs are present in all major grain growing regions in Australia and can pose a threat to growers in the higher rainfall regions of Western Australia.

In terms of economic loss, they are the sixth most damaging invertebrate pest for the Australian grains industry, costing on average $25.9 million in lost production across a variety of crops.

An integrated pest management (IPM) approach is required to effectively control slugs, which can be underestimated as pests because they are not generally visible during daylight hours

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has released a fact sheet Slug identification and management that discusses how to effectively use a combination of measures to control them.

The fact sheet is included in the March-April edition of the GRDC magazine Ground Cover and can be downloaded from www.grdc.com.au/GRDC-FS-SlugControl

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GRDC Project Code DAS00127, CSE00046

Region West, National, North, South