Millipedes and Slaters Fact Sheet
Published: 1 Nov 2013
Millipedes and slaters in no-till systems
The black Portuguese millipede is emerging as a sporadic but damaging pest of broadacre agriculture,
particularly canola, while high populations of slaters have damaged some crops in recent years.
- Black Portuguese millipede damage to emerging canola plants has increased in recent seasons.
- Rises in populations have been linked to increased uptake of no-till and stubble retention.
- Reducing paddock stubble loads over summer will generally reduce millipede numbers.
- Slaters can cause extensive crop damage to emerging seedlings.
- The Australiodillo bifrons slater species has the ability to swarm over a soil surface.
- Finding black Portuguese millipedes and slaters in a crop does not necessarily mean damage will occur.
- Management options are limited after crop emergence so prevention is a key part of control.
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GRDC Project Code CSE00054
Region South, North
Region: South; North
GRDC Project Code: CSE00054
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