Riverina landholders warned about slugs and snails

YIELD ROBBERS: Snails and slugs are threatening crops and pastures.
YIELD ROBBERS: Snails and slugs are threatening crops and pastures.

GROWERS from throughout the Riverina and southern NSW have reported slug and snail activity. 

As a result growers are now encouraged to monitor and manage snail and slug numbers to ensure they protect establishing crops.

South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) entomology program leader, Greg Baker said moisture is the biggest determining factor for breeding.

And with snails currently becoming active after summer dormancy he said now was an ideal time to start baiting.

“Both snails and slugs can be controlled in no-till, full stubble systems if growers understand where and when controls are applied, and follow a few basic guidelines,” Mr Baker said.

“Snails won’t begin mating generally until moisture levels increase, and while dews or cooler temperatures at night in autumn may begin that process, eggs won’t be laid until we receive significant rainfall,” Mr Baker said.