Planned improvements to the program in 2018/19
A meeting with each landholder and DPIRD staff was held at the end of the 2017 season to review the program and look at what is working well and identify areas for improvement. A meeting with each landholder and DPIRD staff was also held at the beginning of the 2018 season to discuss and finalise the 2018 Approved Program.
Some of the main items discussed were
- Clearing and tidying bush edges and rock heaps was successful in improving spray application in designated locations and the burning of leaf litter in designated bush areas.
Continue bush, rock push up and burning operations at identified locations as these assisted the program to manage bedstraw by promoting germination and destroying any potential seed.
- Erosion issues in the quarantine paddocks were raised. Due to the eradication treatments and restrictions applied to the quarantine paddocks, paddock surfaces are mostly bare of vegetation and are prone to wind and/or water erosion.
Incorporate optional light cultivation (scarifying) of arable areas in quarantine paddocks in the Release Phase to help manage potential erosion for the 2018 Approved Programs.
- The borders of the Bedstraw Quarantine area need to be reviewed.
Designated bush and border areas where bedstraw was present in the quarantined paddocks will be delimited to further define the Quarantine area, including defining the area which may require fencing to exclude stock.
- Review the status of paddocks entering the Release Phase of the Eradication Program.
Define and allow previously quarantined areas that are now free of bedstraw to progress through the Release Phase.
- Ongoing awareness raising of bedstraw as well as the promotion of bedstraw identification and reporting is needed within farmers and the general public.
Enhance education and awareness by including bedstraw information with skeleton awareness activities at identified field days and farmer events.