Your right time to spray
AWI funded CSIRO's development of Timerite® to predict the best date for spraying in spring to control redlegged earth mites (RLEM) the following autumn on any particular property.
RLEM is an introduced pasture and crop pest in southern Australia. RLEM are estimated to infest 20 million hectares of pasture, causing $200 million damage to the wool industry alone.
The first step to managing RLEM is to check if pastures are infested. Once RLEM are identified, it is important to understand the risk level for RLEM damage next autumn before spraying.
If RLEM are present in spring, spraying on that paddock's Timerite® date is the safest way to minimise the damage to pastures next autumn.