GRAIN growers in Heathcote are being urged to assess current mouse numbers on their properties to determine if mice are likely to pose a risk at sowing.
If mouse numbers are a concern, growers should consult their bait suppliers as soon as possible to ensure they have access to sufficient quantities of bait in advance of sowing.
Mild weather and a reasonable supply of food sources as a result of grain being left on the ground due to weather events and frost in 2017 have contributed to numbers being at higher than normal levels for this time of year.
“If they think they are going to need bait, they should talk to their suppliers immediately,” CSIRO researcher Steve Henry said.
“If they leave it too late, supplies may not be available when they need to bait, as has occurred in previous years.”