On behalf of my fellow committee members, I am pleased to present this report outlining the delivery and outcomes of the 2018/19 Skeleton Weed Program to the contributors of the Grains, Seeds and Hay Industry Funding Scheme.
The efforts of the program staff, Local Action Groups and affected growers to deliver the program across the Wheatbelt is commended, with more than 400 000 hectares surveyed and more than 4000 hectares treated.
Although the area of land affected by skeleton weed has increased, there is no doubt that the Program is slowing the spread and, therefore, benefiting our industry as a whole.
This would not be possible without the support of West Australian grain/seed/hay growers.
Grower contributions to the Grains, Seeds and Hay Industry Funding Scheme have enabled a comprehensive program to be delivered – surveillance, treatments, one-on-one support and advice, community engagement, education and extension, as well as research and development. However, we must all remember that we each have a role to play in managing the pests and diseases on our property; and that the Industry Funding Scheme is there to help growers to do that.
The Industry Funding Scheme Management Committee approved a number of changes to the program for the 2018/19 financial year to better support growers with skeleton weed infestations and, therefore, try to better control the spread. We will continue to monitor these and any future changes to make sure they are helping to achieve the program aim of preventing seed set and movement of skeleton weed and, where possible, to eradicate it from properties.
Thank you all for your contribution to this important work.
Grains, Seeds and Hay Industry
Funding Scheme Management Committee
30 June 2019