A new monitoring tool will help farmers manage mice population numbers ahead of harvest time and provide a live snapshot of on-farm rodent activity across the state.
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall encouraged farmers throughout NSW to use the online tool to report mouse activity and crop damage.
“By asking farmers to use mouse chew cards once a week and record their results by filling out a quick online form, not only can we closely track any rise in numbers, but also see what level of damage is occurring in particular crops,” Mr Marshall said.
The results are fed into an online dashboard so farmers can see when populations are increasing in their area, which will help them quickly respond with targeted baiting programs.
The more farmers who report mice activity, the more accurate the monitoring tool will be.
The monitoring tool has been successfully trialled in the state’s northwest since July and was developed in collaboration with CottonInfo and the CSIRO.
Farmers can find the form, dashboard, and instructions on how to report their own mouse activity on the Local Land Services website here – opens in new tab
Farmers can also get rebates up to $10,000 for zinc phosphide baits.
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Public servants can take Harvest Leave to help farmers get crops in