UNWELCOME: Burnett Mary Regional Group technical officer Lalith Gunasekera wants farmers to help fight against weeds, after floods.PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT
UNWELCOME: Burnett Mary Regional Group technical officer Lalith Gunasekera wants farmers to help fight against weeds, after floods.PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

High rainfall and flooding brings weeds war to our doors

LANDHOLDERS are being urged to battle an increase in the outbreak of noxious weeds, following flooding and high rainfall earlier in the year.

Properties left barren and with erosion problems from the raging floodwaters provided the perfect opportunity for weeds to flourish, regional experts said. Seeds and plant fragments were hurtled down rivers and waterways and deposited into the banks of creeks and across inundated paddocks.

Burnett Mary Regional Group weeds and pests officer Lalith Gunasekera warned growers they might encounter weeds they had not previously seen on their properties.

"We are waging a constant battle against the spread of invasive weeds in the region and we really need to enlist the help of landholders, particularly since the floods, where there may be new infestations that we don't know about," Mr Gunasekara said.

"There are some weeds that have been here not in great numbers that have spread after the flood."

Farmers in the Bundaberg region reported an increase in the number of weeds since the natural disaster. In some cases, areas that traditionally were free of weeds had become infested. Mr Gunasekera said it was vital for landholders to control weeds on their properties and limit the damage a boom in weed populations would cause.

"It's important for farmers to be able to identify each weed and eradicate them to better manage the problem," he said.

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