Grain growers are being urged to assess mouse numbers on their properties to determine if they are likely to pose a risk at sowing.
Growers and their advisers at the recent Grains Research and Development Corporation Grains Research Update were encouraged to be pro-active with mouse control strategies in 2018 in the wake of extensive crop damage last year.
Mild weather and a reasonable supply of food sources as a result of grain being left on the ground due to weather events and frost in 2017 have contributed to higher than normal numbers for this time of year.
Growers should be prepared to bait in the lead up to sowing...CSIRO researcher Steve Henry
CSIRO researcher Steve Henry said it was imperative for growers to get out of their vehicles and walk into their paddocks to get a feel for what was happening in respect to current numbers.
He said growers should be prepared to bait in the lead up to sowing, as well as at sowing, and it was important they monitored the effectiveness of baiting after each application.
Report and map mouse presence, absence and level of activity using www.mousealert.org.au.