Friend or foe-come along and find out how to control African lovegrass

Posted 11 February 2020.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin will be holding a field day on Saturday 29 February 2020 at properties in the Mount Compass area to assist landholders combat the declared weed African lovegrass.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) District Officer Sandy Cummings said African lovegrass was introduced from east Africa as a pasture plant and is now widely distributed in Australia, and is spreading quickly around the Mount Compass area.

“The weed is a hardy, perennial grass that is a threat to pasture and native vegetation, if left unchecked, it can spread and form dense infestations which are difficult to control,” Mr Cummings said.

“It produces vast quantities of seed which can be spread short distances by wind, animals, machinery and vehicles and in hay dispersal by machinery, and water.

“African lovegrass can be easily confused with other tussock-like grasses such as Poa Tussock (Poa labillardieri).

“Prevention of spread and control of new infestations is the best option for African lovegrass, with any plants destroyed before they set seed.

“Natural Resources SAMDB have set up two African lovegrass control demonstration trial sites at Mount Compass and Tailem Bend and want to share the findings with landholders to encourage improved control practices,” Mr Cummings said.

The field day offers practical advice for landholders wishing to better understand and control African lovegrass on their properties.

Fleurieu Peninsula Agriculture Group (FPAG), Greg Mitchell will speak about controlling and managing African lovegrass pastures, the process to renovate a pasture, what other things need to be considered, and ongoing management and preventing reinfestation.

Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Association, Will Miles will talk about how the trial works were undertaken and issues such as physical disturbance, slashing and grading, which can promote spread and re-infestation.

Natural Resources SAMDB, Sandy Cummings will present the findings from the African lovegrass trial plots and discuss a range of herbicides that are being trialled.

Natural Resources Management Group member and local farmer, Warren Jacobs will provide a case study about what he has done to manage African lovegrass on his property. This will be followed with a drive around and look at the paddocks following the workshop.

Day and Date: Saturday 29 February 2020

Time: 9.00 am-11.00 am

Location: Mount Compass area at two landholder properties. Participants will be provided address details when they register

Cost: free, informal morning tea provided Register: via the Natural Resources SAMDB website to Eventbrite.

African lovegrass is a declared weed under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 (NRM Act).

The project is supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, NRM Levies and the on ground works have been undertaken by the Goolwa to Wellington LAP.

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