The reprint of the 1987 pasture pests book (originally written by former DPIPWE entomologists Peter McQuillan and John Ireson) is great news for those who like to know what is going on in their pastures and fodder crops and those who wish to maximise the productivity of farming systems.
Peter and John are now at the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) respectively, and DPIPWE entomologists Lionel Hill and Catherine Young co-authored this latest edition. Lionel works on the north-west coast and part of his work is developing new information on armyworm and the range of cutworms that affect vegetable crops and fodder crops alike. Catherine works out of Hobart and her insect photography contributes to the rich illustrations in this book. Peter McQuillan is a leading researcher on corbies and cockchafers. John Ireson did a lot of the early work on armyworms and lucerne flea. The authors have also tapped into a wealth of knowledge accumulated by many DPIPWE and TIA officers over many decades of research and advisory activity.
Tables at the start of the book help diagnose the symptoms of attacks by pests and show the months in which the pests occur and when control options should be undertaken.
The main body of the book has 22 sections, each of 2-6 pages, describing almost all the pests that may be encountered in pastures and forage crops - corbies, cockchafers, weevils, earth mites, armyworms, grasshoppers and slugs amongst others. Each section describes the appearance, distribution, damage, life cycle and control of a pest and includes colour illustrations and diagrams of the life cycles.
Special sections describe how to renew damaged pasture, the main types of pest control (cultural, biological and chemical), beneficial insects that restrain pests and the methods for introducing dung beetles and earthworms to pasture.
The publication is available free of charge from all Service Tasmania
shops and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE