Crop pest activity affecting regions

On the fly: Changes in the weather have kept diamondback moth numbers low across canola crops.
On the fly: Changes in the weather have kept diamondback moth numbers low across canola crops.

Pest activity continues across South Australia with reports of redlegged earth mites (RLEM) still being a nuisance as well as a range of aphids, slugs and beetles.

In the Murraylands and Mallee RLEM damage has been found in cereal, pasture and medic crops at Callington, Coomandook and Cambrai. Bryobia mite activity has been found in vetch and hay crops around Paruna while Russian wheat aphid has been reported at Tepko.

Lucerne flea numbers are up on Kangaroo Island, with cutworms also causing some damage.

Flea numbers and earth mites are still reported in the South East with armyworm reportedly heavily damaging some clover around Wrattonbully and Comaum. The bronzed field beetle is causing heavy damage to wheat at Kongal as well.

Herringbone catepillars have been found on lupins at Keith but are not causing issue at the moment.

Lesser budworm has damaged wheat crops at Buckleboo and Kimba.

On the Lower Eyre Peninsula RLEM continues to cause trouble but changes in the weather have kept diamondback moth numbers low across canola crops. East of Edililie, pasture webworm has caused havoc on a wheat paddock by lopping off leaves. The paddock was pasture for three years prior.