Black headed cockchafers

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Last seen: 01/24/2020 - 16:42
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Black headed cockchafers

Hi all, we have a big issue with black headed cockchafers this year which have eaten parts of our paddocks bare. We've an unseasonally dry summer here in NW Tasmania which l have been told will have exarcerbated the problem. An oldtimer mentioned that we should be running chain harrows over the pasture before the beetles emerge in a month or so's time. I was thinking of doing a few passes with an S tyne cultivator that we have as we don't have harrows yet, just to expose the grubs to the birds. What do you think? Would the S tyne cultivator do the job? What depth should l set it at? Thanks in advance...

Last seen: 02/18/2020 - 12:17
Joined: 02/28/2011 - 14:19

Hi Megz,

Welcome to the small farming forum and thanks for the question.

I think a cultivator will do too much damage to the pasture, hence the reason for using a set of harrows. Are you planning on removing and renewing the pasture?

Do any of your neighbours have a set of harrows you can borrow or hire from them?

Regards,
Charlie

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