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Southern Highlands serrated tussock field day

The noxious weed serrated tussock was the focus of a recent field day held at Woodlands near Mittagong, coordinated by Bowral Co-op with support from South East Local Land Services and Wingecarribee Shire Council.

Twenty-eight local land managers and members of the community with an interest in increasing their knowledge of the weed and control options attended the event.

South East Local Land Services agronomist, Fiona Leech was key presenter at the field day.

Ms Leech said serrated tussock has been a long-term problem and it requires a long-term strategic management approach at not only a property level but also on a local and regional scale.

“Land managers need to take an integrated approach starting with correct identification of serrated tussock which is essential, and combining manual control with appropriate herbicide applications and pasture management to outcompete the weed,” Ms Leech said.

Local land manager, Steve Temporali provided an outline of his long-term approach to managing serrated tussock.  The keys to his success have included continuous, active control involving initial boom spraying, spot spraying of recurring infestations and pasture management.

Mr Temporali made the comment that despite weed risks associated with wind born seed distribution from affected areas, it is important not to look for excuses, but to control serrated tussock as effectively as possible.

Field day participants were provided with demonstrations of boom spraying and ‘wick-wiping’ equipment.  Ms Leech led participants in hands-on identification in the paddock, demonstrating the differences between serrated tussock and the native poa (river) tussock.

Bowral Co-op, South East Local Land Services, Wingecarribee Shire Council and interested land managers will now look at how there can be a continued focus on cooperative strategies for serrated tussock management in the Southern Highlands area.

For further information on serrated tussock contact Geoff O’Connor, South East Local Land Services, Moss Vale on 02 4877 3207.

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Media contact: Geoff O’Connor, 02 4877 3207