2015 CSIRO Collaborative Project

Cultural control strategies: the impact of stubble management on invertebrate pests in dryland cropping systems 2015 trial

Key points

  • Pest density was very low throughout the course of the trial and there was no obvious impact of stubble management practices on ground-dwelling pest numbers.
  • High numbers of beneficials (mostly ants and spiders) were active in the plots early in the season.
  • There were slightly lower numbers of beneficials in the burnt plots, but this difference had disappeared by crop emergence.