The region’s weed control body is warning that the relatively warm winter threatens to bring an abundance of unwelcome growth.
According to the New England Weeds Authority, “After a relatively warm winter, we can expect strong pasture growth this Spring. The down side is that it will also be a good season for weeds.”
It says that Serrated tussock is the main worry.
Serrated tussock is often described as Australia's worst agricultural weed as it reduces the productivity of grazing land more than any other weed. It crowds out more useful pasture species and individual plants can live for more than 20 years.New England Weeds Authority
The authority says: “They are prolific seed producers, the seed can remain viable for 14 years and the seed heads can travel up to 50 kilometres on the wind.
“Stock will graze Serrated tussock when better feed is not available, however, the plant is largely indigestible and has almost no nutritional value.”
Serrated tussock goes to seed during November and December.
The Authority says: “You will be well rewarded for treating Serrated tussock on your property before the seed is allowed to mature.”
Serrated tussock identification sites will be set up throughout the area to increase the public’s ability to recognise it. There will be roadside signs.
The Authority advises: “If you suspect you have a invasive weed on your property contact your local weeds officer.”
The experts are: Robert Williams (0439 711 701), Matt Benham (0488 711 027), Russel Smith (0488 711 012), Josh Biddle (0427 711 729), Luke Turner (0438 501 286), James Browning (6770 3602).
Or contact the main office on 6770 3602 or by calling into the office at 29 Rusden St, Armidale.