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Grains Research & Development Corporation releases new snail management manual

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article image Snails can lay up to 400 eggs each per year, making their control of primary concern for farmers

"Bash 'Em, Burn 'Em, Bait 'Em" is a new manual released by the Grains Research & Development Corporation  that provides information on integrated snail management in crops and pastures.

As the Corporation notes, round and conical snails can cause a number of problems for farmers. Grain contamination can pose a serious threat to grain exports, and snails can also cause damage to emerging crops, and can clog machinery at harvest, leading to delays and frustration.

The control of snail populations, then, is vital, requiring regular monitoring and managing of snail numbers throughout the year.

The Grains Research & Development Corporation indicates that research has shown that successful snail control requires:knowledge of the snail behaviourthe type, size and numbers of snails present; and the application of physical and chemical control techniques.

"Bash 'Em, Burn 'Em, Bait 'Em" is the result of more than fifteen years research, and a million dollars worth of investment by the Grains Research & Development Corporation, the South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) and other organisations including the Wool Research and Development Corporation.

The manual is available online now from the Grains Research & Development Corporation website.

Photo: a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from nicolas_gent's Flickr photo stream

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