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The need for speed: Timely prevention of the dispersal of noxious weeds in relief fodder using efficient sampling procedures

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Weller, S., Florentine, S., Sillitoe, J., Grech, C., McLaren, D. and Chauhan, B. S. (2015) The need for speed: Timely prevention of the dispersal of noxious weeds in relief fodder using efficient sampling procedures. Crop Protection, 70 . p. 21. ISSN 02612194

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Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2014.12.014

Publisher URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S026121941400386X


Invasive and noxious weeds are well known as a pervasive problem, imposing significant economic burdens on all areas of agriculture. Whilst there are multiple possible pathways of weed dispersal in this industry, of particular interest to this discussion is the unintended dispersal of weed seeds within fodder. During periods of drought or following natural disasters such as wild fire or flood, there arises the urgent need for 'relief' fodder to ensure survival and recovery of livestock. In emergency situations, relief fodder may be sourced from widely dispersed geographic regions, and some of these regions may be invaded by an extensive variety of weeds that are both exotic and detrimental to the intended destination for the fodder. Pasture hay is a common source of relief fodder and it typically consists of a mixture of grassy and broadleaf species that may include noxious weeds. When required urgently, pasture hay for relief fodder can be cut, baled, and transported over long distances in a short period of time, with little opportunity for prebaling inspection. It appears that, at the present time, there has been little effort towards rapid testing of bales, post-baling, for the presence of noxious weeds, as a measure to prevent dispersal of seeds. Published studies have relied on the analysis of relatively small numbers of bales, tested to destruction, in order to reveal seed species for identification and enumeration. The development of faster, more reliable, and non-destructive sampling methods is essential to increase the fodder industry's capacity to prevent the dispersal of noxious weeds to previously unaffected locales.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Agriculture
Keywords:Emergency relief fodder Invasive weed seed dispersal Non-destructive bale testing Rapid fodder quality assessment grass hay invasive species livestock pasture quality control sampling seed dispersal survival weed control wildfire
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Integrated weed control
Plant culture > Field crops > Forage crops. Feed crops
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Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:50

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