Redlegged Earth Mite

                                                                                                         

 

The redlegged earth mite (RLEM) is a major pest of pastures, crops and vegetables in South Australia. RLEM feed on all growth stages from seedlings to leaves and flowers, they have very short mouthparts and feed in the surface layers of the leaf, causing a silvering which can look like frost.

RLEM feeding can result in production loss throughout all stages of annual legume growth in pastures and crops. Seedlings are particularly vulnerable because they can be killed from this feeding and in annual legume growth will not be replaced.

Spraying:

Autumn sprays:

Controlling first generation RLEM before they have a chance to lay eggs is the only effective way to avoid the need for a second spray. Pesticides should be applied within three weeks of the first appearance of mites, before the adults begin to lay their eggs.

Spring sprays:

Research has shown that one accurately timed spring spray can significantly reduce populations of RLEM the following autumn. This approach works by killing the mites before they start producing eggs in mid-late spring and when there are no eggs left to hatch. Tools such as TIMERITE® can help farmers identify the optimum date for spraying in their area.

If you would like more information on RLEM control or an assessment of your property please ask one of our friendly staff in store. 

 

     

Snail Invasion?

 

                       Conical Snail                         Common White Snail

 

The common white snail and conical snail is a pest of crops and pastures in South Australia. Snails attack crop and pasture seedlings soon after germination in late autumn and over the winter.
Damage is usually irregular pieces missing from the leaf edges or the removal of cotyledons in broad leaved crops resulting in plant death. Damage can be difficult to see if seedlings are being chewed down to ground level as they emerge. Cereals often recover from early damage whereas some broad leaved crops can be totally killed. Snails contaminate pasture with their slime make it less palatable to stock. Livestock also reject feed which is heavily infested with these snails. They climb cereal and pasture plants and are harvested with the crop, increasing its moisture content and contaminating it with the decaying snail remains.

What to do? Bait them. We currently have snail bait in store ready to go, common rates are 5-10kg /ha depending on snail levels.

We have two options a non-water proof Meta and a water proof option in Slug Out,

We also offer a spreader to hire.

General Purpose Mini Spreader

Ideal for spreading

  • Snail Bait
  • Fertilisers
  • Pasture Seed
  • Mice Bait
  • Features

Easy to use, with laminated operating instructions
Designed for Ute, quad, truck or trailer mounting
Rear or side mounting, depending on application
Ideal for both small and large properties
Variable speed 12v electric motor
75 kg hopper capacity
Heavy duty construction
Made in South Australia

Lime does many things to the soil including:

  • Increases soil Ph
  • Reduces aluminium and other metal toxicities
  • Helps to improve the physical condition of the soil
  • Stimulates microbial activity
  • Increases CEC in soils
  • Increases the availability of nutrients to plants
  • Supplies calcium and magnesium (dolomite limestone)
  • Calcium encourages plant root and shoot growth
  • improves the Calcium / magnesium ratio in soils

Soil acidity or low Ph depress plant/crop growth, reduce the plant availability of nutrients such as phosphorus and molybdenum and can affect the performance of soil applied herbicides. Liming products should be applied 3 months prior to the growing season to achieve full benefits. Liming benefits typically last 3-5 years depending on the weather conditions, common application rates are 2.5 - 3 tonnes/ha for agricultural powdered lime (Pen lime) or Hi Magnesium Dolomitic lime and 500kg/ha for concentrated pelletised lime (Calciprill).
These rates are a common guide only, for accurate rates to suit your soil conditions please refer to a recent soil test.

Minimum order amounts apply to Pen lime and Hi Mag lime approx. 12 tonne.
Calciprill can be purchased per tonne in bulka bags or in 20kg bag options.
Calciprill can be conveniently spread via cone spreader. 

Please contact one of our friendly Coopers Farm supplies staff in store or over the phone to discuss pricing and delivery options.