Red legged earthmites are a pest that spends most of their lives in the soil, but come out to feed on foliage and seedlings. They cause a great deal of damage especially to legumes, oilseeds and lupins and tend to be most active between April and November. They can be controlled by both pesticide and non-pesticide means.
Broadacre cropping has seen an increase in snail and slugs as no-till and stubble retention practices increase. Snails and slugs can damage plant seed and seedlings, contaminate harvest and even damage germinating seeds.
Waterlogging is a common issue in medium to high rainfall zones of Australia and can be a major impediment to soil health resulting in decreased yields. This can adversely affect plants and grains as well as cause nitrogen loss by leaching and denitrification.
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