Skeleton weed Management guide - Program and protocols

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Landholder responsibilities

Infested properties

  • All infestations are to be treated in summer and winter according to Table 3 found in Control of Skeleton weed section. Landholder must provide a full record of searching, plus summer and winter treatments. Infested property paddock records are issued to landholders for this.
  • Paddocks with two consecutive clear searches (Code 3 paddocks) must be searched following the Full Search protocol to qualify for release from ‘infested’ status. The Full Search will be audited by DPIRD or LAG staff.
  • For pasture paddocks to qualify for release, at least two of the Clear Searches must have been done in a crop year. If no cropping occurs, two additional surveillance searches are required once the paddock becomes a Code 4 paddock.
  • All paddocks should be monitored throughout the summer and autumn, to increase the chance of detecting (and treating) plants that emerge in the weeks following the Full Search.
  • Landholders with skeleton weed infestations are eligible for assistance if a ‘Landholder Acknowledgment for Assistance’ (LAA) is signed and returned by 10 December each year.
  • Follow required search and treatment protocols once identification is confirmed by Departmental or LAG staff.

The above requirements are legal obligations under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013.

Non-infested properties

  • Ensure ability to identify skeleton weed plants at various stages of development.
  • Maintain vigilance for skeleton weed plants during normal operations and particularly at harvest time.
  • Mark the location of any suspected skeleton weed plants and report the finding to the nearest DPIRD or LAG office.
Finding skeleton weed in your property is not an indication
of any failing on your part as a farmer.
Skeleton weed is unpredictable and
can spread over long distances due to wind dispersal,
but once identified it can be managed effectively and eradicated


Annual Program changes and Control recommendation updates are described in the Skeleton weed Management Guide Section 2: Skeleton weed Control Program



Martin Atwell