Waitomo News : NKC Farmer 11 March 2014
10 Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2014 Come and check out the all new 2014 Pioneer 700 in our showroom Available in both two and four seat models www.hondamotorbikes.co.nz HONDA PIONEER • Round bale hay • Silage • Undersowing FROM P9 The rules around Tutsan control are about to change as WRC tries to stop it in its tracks before it gets away as it has in the Ruapehu district. WRC is currently working on the 2008-13 Re- gional Pest Management Strategy (RPMS) which designates Tutsan as a noxious plants requiring a 20m boundary control on private land and road- sides must be controlled. In the due-to-be-released new RPMS Tutsan will be upgraded to a ‘total control pest plant’ which means it must be controlled anywhere on farms. “A big issue with this weed is its ability to spread quite rapidly along waterways, so that’s something farmers are going to have to watch out for,” says Chris. “With increased riparian planting, where people are fencing off streams, it’s going to be even easier for Tutsan to find a home. “We ask farmers to continue to be proactive and control it when they see it. “I believe farmers are taking this threat seri- ously having seen what it’s doing down in Tau- marunui. We’ve actually got to thank some Ma- hoenui farmers who originally brought it to our attention in about 2007, after they found it on their roadside.” “WORRYING” Waitomo district councillor Phil Brodie, who farms in Piopio, says the council’s spraying con- tractor has been on the Tutsan job for two or three Halt the spread years. While it had been suspected WDC’s roadside mowing contractors were inadvertently spreading the weed, Phil says there’s no proof either way this was happening. “This theory still doesn’t explain why Tutsan is appearing on riverbanks throughout the area where mowers have never been,” he says. “I’ve been told it’s been in the Mokau River for about 20 years.” About three months ago he found it on the Mokau riverbank on his Auahi Rd property and believes the plants were about five years old. GROWING PROBLEM: Waikato Regional Council bio-security pest plant contractor Chris Hale says the rules around Tutsan control are about to change which means it must be controlled anywhere on the farm. TO P13 Anti drift nozzles protect sensitive areas. DGPS ensures your product lands on your side of the fence. Spreadmark piece of mind.
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