Thursday, 19 Apr 2018 to Friday, 20 Apr 2018
Cane farmers and farm workers are invited to attend a field session to learn how to identify and report yellow crazy ants.
Yellow crazy ants are listed as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species and have infested over 1,400 hectares in the Wet Tropics region.
Approximately forty percent (592 hectares) of the infestation affects sugarcane farms south of Cairns around Edmonton, Bentley Park, Sawmill Pocket (Mount Peter) and Gordonvale.
Crops are susceptible to the ants’ husbandry of sugarcane pests such as scale insects, whitefly and aphids. Excess honeydew from large numbers of these insects can cause sooty mould and mildews, damaging crops.
The field sessions on 19 and 20 April wilil assist farmers to identify and report the pest, and share techniques to prevent its spread.
Yellow Crazy Ant Field Sessions
Thursday 19 April: 10.00 – 11.00am
Thursday 19 April: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Friday 20 April: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Edmonton (address available upon registration)
Register: via phone 4241 0525 or email email@example.com