A new pest in our crops

Russian wheat aphid is now in New South Wales, having being discovered in South Australia two years ago in 2016. It has been discovered in a wheat crop in Coonabarabran that the owner has decided to put livestock on to it due to such a dry season and no hope of harvesting a crop. It was first reported by Sally Bryant – ABC Western Plains.

The pest is manageable, though can affect up to 80% of the crop if left unchecked. If you suspect the Russian aphid maybe in your crops, you can report it to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881, and for ways to control this pest, go to the GRDC website .

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