Mice emerge around Geraldton, WA; low numbers elsewhere

Grain Central, April 11, 2019

MOUSE numbers have risen to moderate levels around Geraldton in Western Australia where there is a moderate risk of damage to crops at seeding, but mouse populations remain low in all other areas of Australia, according to the latest report from the CSIRO’s MouseAlert program.

There has been some mouse activity over most of the Northern Ag Region of WA, with some high activity to the north and east.

Paddocks where there is good stubble cover and high levels of seed on the ground are worst affected.

But activity is low across the rest of Australia’s cropping areas where there is a low risk of damage to crops at sowing.

There is a chance of isolated patches of mouse activity that could not be picked up from CSIRO monitoring, so growers are advised to monitor their own farms and across multiple paddocks to gauge mouse numbers to inform their management decisions.

Source: MouseAlert.

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