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Farmers warned to prepare for locust hatchings in coming months

Central West Local Land Services is encouraging landholders to be vigilant over the coming months and report any locust activity.

Some areas of central west NSW will have viable locust egg beds following laying in autumn this year. Landholders are urged to check any known egg beds and report any locust activity.

Early detection of hatching locusts and reporting is essential to manage the spring locust risk, according to Senior Biosecurity Officer Geoff Graham.

"We anticipate that with favourable conditions, hatchings could occur from now to late September in most areas," said Mr Graham.

"We are aware of some egg beds within our region, but there may be others that remain undetected at this point.

"Detection may be hindered by a dense crop or abundant groundcover. It is important to monitor closely and report any locust activity to your Local Land Services."

The optimum time for control is when the locust nymphs are forming bands on the ground. This is usually around three weeks after hatching.

Areas of known activity in autumn include regions of:

  • Coonamble, Collie and Tooraweenah
  • Trangie, Toongi and Peak Hill
  • Coonabarabran, Binnaway and Baradine
  • Dunedoo, Mendooran and Coolah.

Locust workshops are currently planned for Dunedoo Bowling Club (28 Sep), Binnaway Bowling Club (28 Sep), Mendooran Memorial Services Club (29 Sep) and Coolah Sporting Club (29 Sep).

To find out more contact Rhett Robinson (0428 462 474 or rhett.robinson@lls.nsw.gov.au).

Landholders should report any locust activity to their nearest Local Land Services office or online at www.lls.nsw.gov.au/centralwest

Following reporting, staff will carry out an inspection, supply advice on the relevant control options and issue chemical if warranted. Early control is cheaper and most effective, so Local Land Services is encouraging farmers to contact them with any locust information.

"Once locusts reach maturity and start to fly, control becomes very difficult and costly," said Mr Graham.

"Early ground control is paramount to minimise the impacts to crops and pasture."

Central West Local Land Services has equipment and chemical stock on hand to deal with a response.

Media contact: Rod Campbell (0447 430 160 or rodney.campbell@lls.nsw.gov.au).