DPIRD carries out annual surveillance on non-infested properties between December and March in grain growing areas, as part of the Skeleton Weed Program. This program also raises awareness of the presence of skeleton weed on high risk properties.
Properties chosen for surveillance are considered to have a high probability of having skeleton weed, due to being near or adjacent to a current skeleton weed infested property.
Other properties are identified from analysis of current infestation locations, and predictions of spread from these locations.
The surveillance program involves checking a minimum of three paddocks (preferably containing crop stubbles) on each selected property, such that around 300 hectares is searched per property.
Landholders or managers will be contacted via phone and correspondence to advise which properties and paddocks will be stock free and have not been sprayed for at least 4-6 weeks prior to department surveillance.
In addition to the surveillance program, all landholders in grain growing areas are encouraged to undertake their own surveillance for skeleton weed, as part of their farm biosecurity measures. View the search protocols before undertaking surveillance. Guidelines are also available from the Skeleton Weed in Western Australia: Management Guide.
Reporting - contact details
Report skeleton weed sightings to your nearest DPIRD or LAG office
|Avon North||0427 291 705|
|Avon South||0427 986 302|
|Bruce Rock-Corrigin-Kellerberrin||0438 892 460|
|Nungarin-Mukinbudin-Trayning-Mt Marshall||9046 5006|
Metropolitan reports should be done using below options