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Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk

 
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Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
Farmers brace for locust plague
By Kellie Lazzaro

Updated Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:39pm AEST



Landholders across southern Australia are preparing for one of the worst locust plagues in nearly 40 years.

Soaking rain across inland Australia has provided ideal conditions for the noxious insect.

Farmers who had their crops decimated by the locusts in April are now preparing for another generation, expected to inflict even worse damage.

One plague locust can lay 500 eggs and farmers in three states - Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia - are waiting anxiously for those eggs to hatch.

Ian Hastings grows cereals, canola and lupins on 4,000 hectares at Ouyen in north-west Victoria. Back in April a significant section of his crop was decimated by locusts.

"We had sown our canola, 425 hectares, quite early because we had good soil moisture and nice warmth," he said.

"About three weeks later, that canola was completely wiped out, so we then had to re-sow the entire 425 hectares with new seed."

Some businesses like car washes in locust-affected areas have been making the most of the swarms, but for Mr Hastings the plague has come at a big cost.

Mr Hastings says his paddock changed overnight.

"Our agronomist was checking it daily and he reported to us one day that it was still looking OK, there were certainly lots of locusts around but it was OK," he said.

"And then in the afternoon of the third day he gave us a ring and said 'My God, it's just gone - overnight - and today it's just gone from when we looked at it yesterday'."

Mr Hastings says this year, the locusts seem to be raging.

"The egg-laying in this part of the Mallee is the worst - I'm sure is the worst it has ever been.

"In fact I don't remember ever seeing much in the way of egg-laying occur in this area, whereas this year they're in every single paddock.

"Without going and walking them I'm sure the public lands which are interspersed throughout the Mallee are the same, they've got eggs everywhere."

In South Australia's Riverland at Pyap West near Loxton, Glenn Farr runs more than 1,000 head of sheep.

He too has had a costly brush with the locusts.

"We had some self-sown seed and some grass had come up with the early rains and things were looking really good for feed," he said.

"But once the grasshoppers came through [it was] almost like it hadn't rained. There's hardly any feed for the sheep and of course we've been hand-feeding them ever since."

Record plague

But Chris Adriaansen, the director of the Australian Plague Locust Commission, says the worst is yet to come.

He says depending on weather conditions, the next generation of locusts will start to hatch from early September, causing what scientists predict may be the worst locust plague in Australia since 1973.

"At this stage we're anticipating that there'll be in the order of 2 million hectares plus that will require some level of treatment," he said.

"There will need to be a lot of control undertaken by landholders as well.

"Landholders themselves will need to undertake their own crop and pasture protection measures so there will need to be a fair bit of control by landholders."

Last week the Victorian Government announced $43 million to fight the plague locust infestation, including a rebate for the purchase of a reasonable volume of chemicals to spray the hoppers.

But Mr Hastings says the chemical rebate will not work.

"They're saying that they will recompense growers for the chemical that they use or insecticide that they use but our dilemma is that that then puts the onus back on us to ensure that we have supply," he said.

"The only way that we can do that is buy the insecticide early not knowing whether we're going to need it or not, and then I presume government will only pay us for the amount of insecticide that we've actually used.

"It's a real dilemma because farmers are going to be a bit reluctant in going out and buying a shed full of insecticide not knowing for sure whether we're going to need it or not."
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07/01/2010 06:11 AM
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Re: Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
Food shortages yo
Jenkins

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07/01/2010 06:14 AM
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Re: Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
GMOs ??
Old MacDonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o.
And on that farm he had a cow, ee-i-ee-i-o.
With a moo moo here and a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o.
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07/01/2010 06:17 AM
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Re: Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
Yes shortage of Rice in Thailand because of droughts in the Northern part i saw this only last week
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07/01/2010 06:18 AM
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Re: Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
Ummm, can anyone read and understand? It says "in years" as in this has happened before nothing new....close the bible.
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07/01/2010 06:21 AM
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Re: Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
might have happened before but its all about the timing of it reopen the bible.
Even when Jesus was healing the sick there was unbelievers thats why they crucified him.
Some people have a very closed mind i think when there in hell they will be saying no this is not true.
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07/01/2010 06:27 AM
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Re: Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
Ummm, can anyone read and understand? It says "in years" as in this has happened before nothing new....close the bible.
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nothing new, just need a good number of great pilots.. need a good line of dusting, that is all
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07/01/2010 06:28 AM
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Re: Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
Also could help is people went back to burning stubble like we used to.
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07/01/2010 06:28 AM
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Re: Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
well lets deep fry em like the asians do no food shortage then.!!!!!
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07/01/2010 06:30 AM
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Re: Australia worst locusts plaque in years more bible prophecy as we talk
Yes shortage of Rice in Thailand because of droughts in the Northern part i saw this only last week
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Or maybe we need to just net them.. send them to Thailand, good protein, iy might make up a little for the rice shortage.
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