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Australia Sprays To Hold Off Locust Invasion August 20, 2010
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"These two different locust species have the potential to damage 1.3 million hectares of Queensland's valuable cropping land." — Tim Mulherin.
The worst locust swarms in nearly 30 years are expected to ravage crops across parts of Australia in the coming months.

Unusually wet weather earlier this year allowed hundreds of millions of spur-throated locusts to breed, especially in western Queensland.

Officials have launched an intense spraying assault on existing swarms before they get a chance to reach prime agricultural areas.

“The (southern) winter months are the ideal time for spraying, as locusts band together in swarms and present a good target,” Primary Industries Minister Tim Mulherin told the Australian Associated Press.

Recent warm weather may mean the insects could begin moving earlier than expected.

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