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Now is the time to get on top of Silverleaf Nightshade

Silverleaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium) is a noxious weed that causes millions of dollars’ worth of lost production to prime agricultural land each year. It is the landholder’s responsibility to control noxious weeds, like Silverleaf Nightshade.

Silverleaf Nightshade is spread across several areas in the Central Tablelands and Central West of NSW. One of those little hotspots is an area east south east of Cowra.

While Cowra airport only recorded 72.6mm for January, many producers east of Cowra recorded well over 100mm for the first month of 2016. The warm soil temperatures combined with very little competition, has provided excellent conditions for Silverleaf Nightshade to flower and fruit.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Senior Land Services Officer for Pastures, Phil Cranney explained, “Many of the landholders in the area have already sprayed their scattered plants of Silverleaf Nightshade before Christmas, but they are concerned about the noxious weed spreading from neighbouring properties.”

Animals and birds help spread the weed when they eat the berries from Silverleaf Nightshade on farms that are not making the effort to control their Silverleaf Nightshade.

Mr Cranney said that “if the community works together in controlling this weed, there can be great long term outcomes, particularly this year after such good January rainfall.”

The Cowra district is fortunate to have many skilled commercial agronomists available to advise landholders on the effective herbicide options that are proven to control Silverleaf Nightshade.

Mr Cranney commented, “It may cost a dollar to control, but the longer you wait to spray, the more soil water and nutrients Silverleaf Nightshade is costing you in lost pasture growth while livestock prices are at historical highs.

The weather forecast for this week, shows near perfect conditions to spray - light winds, clear days, good soil moisture. No excuses, just bite the bullet and get into it”, Mr Cranney said.

For more information on pastures, please contact Phil Cranney on 63637888.

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