Recently, HCPSL held a series of Shed Meetings across the district. Due to the number of rats and significant crop damage across the Herbert, rat management was a key focus of these meetings. The HCPSL team discussed developing an Integrated Rat Monitoring Approach to effectively manage the pest in the Herbert.
Additionally, Aaron Davis from Tropwater (JCU) also presented Water Quality information from throughout the district. This data is being collected as part of HCPSL’s Project CaNE.
The meetings were well attended in all locations. Thank you to all growers who attended, HCPSL values grower feedback and discussion on these important issues.
For further information on the topics discussed at the recent shed meetings, please contact HCPSL (07) 4776 1808
High numbers of rats and significant crop damage has been observed across the Herbert cane growing region in the past few weeks.
Large areas of devastated cane have been observed in the Abergowrie area, with rat damage now starting to occur across the district.
Because of the large crop to harvest this year and the late finish to the harvest season, growers are urged to monitor fields yet to be harvested for rat activity.
As a part of an Integrated Rat monitoring approach, rat baiting can be considered. HCPSL has been working with the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science and CANEGROWERS Brisbane to secure an aerial rat baiting permit, for use in the Herbert cane growing region.
HCPSL proposes to have a series of shed meetings to discuss the rat issue and several other topics on the following dates:
10th of October 6pm Bambaroo Rural Fire Brigade Shed
11th of October – 7am HCPSL Macknade office
6pm Long Pocket Finn’s Hall
12th of October – 7am Stone River CWA Hall
6pm HCPSL Ingham office
To achieve a coordinated approach to the rat issue, growers are urged to attend the meeting in their relevant area (if possible). A coordinated approach to rat baiting is now being proposed.
RSVP: For catering purposes and to have your farm maps available for the meeting, please phone 47761808 if you will be attending.
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE HCPSL SHED MEETINGS.
To download the Press Release, view the document below.