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Are snails a problem on your farm?

MALLEE farmers have the chance to talk directly with industry experts about combating snail infestations at a field day in Cowangie on March 4.

Are snails a problem on your farm?

Above: Conical snails. Photo - South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).

Snails and slugs cause contamination of crops during harvest and can damage machinery, cause the crop to be downgraded on sale and raise problems with access to export markets.

“Snails have been a problem for some time in the South Australian Mallee and now they are becoming an issue in Victoria,” Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Chair Sharyon Peart said.

“This field day is a great opportunity for landholders to hear from people who have been dealing with this issue for many years, so I encourage all farmers who have snails on their properties to attend.”

Entomologist Michael Nash and Yorke Peninsula farmer Graham Hayes will share their own experiences with snails, along with advice and strategies for combating this growing problem. 

Michael Nash is a senior researcher with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and is currently working on the integrated pest management of snails and slugs in grain crops.

Graham Hayes has been fighting snails on his property for decades and will be able to share his knowledge about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to managing snails. 

“We are looking to learn from the experiences of farmers and experts from the South Australia, who have had first-hand experience in dealing with snails,” Ms Peart said.

“Snails have been known to cause serious damage to crops of canola, barley and legume-based pastures.” 

The field day will be held at Jack Brown’s property on Tyalla Road, Cowangie, commencing at 7:30am for breakfast and finishing around noon. This event is supported by the Mallee CMA, together with the Murrayville Landcare Group, through funding from the Australian Government.

To find out more and confirm your attendance, contact Narelle Beattie at the Mallee CMA on 0429 132 824; or Kate Nickolls or Eboni Musgrove at the Murrayville Landcare Group on 0477 550 161. 

The Cowangie snail field day brochure may be found here for further information.

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