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Northern Territory weed management handbook



Northern Territory weed management handbook

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Weed management handbook


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This manual has been developed to provide detailed information about weed control in the Northern Territory.


Date:2012; Includes: Weeds in the N.T. -- Legislative responsibilities -- Strategic & planned approaches to weed management -- Prevention -- Weed control methods -- Integrated weed control -- Using herbicides correctly -- Herbicide toxicity -- Modes of action -- Herbicide resistance -- Herbicide control techniques -- Using adjuvants, surfactants & oils with herbicides -- Factors affecting adjuvant use -- Records of use -- Disposal of excess chemicals & used chemical containers -- Chemical handling training -- Weed control option tables -- Publications -- Websites.




Weeds -- Control; Weeds -- Northern Territory -- Identification

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Northern Territory Government

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53 p., : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.

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4 NORTHERN TERRITORY WEED MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK 2012 Strategic and Planned Approaches to Weed Management Different levels, types and locations of weed infestation require different levels of investment, in terms of fi nancial input, human resources and time. This document aims to assist landholders to determine the most appropriate course of action for their property. Effective management should involve: preventing introduction; preventing or suppressing reproduction, including prevention of seed production and vegetative expansion; preventing spread through dispersal of propagules, including seeds and viable vegetative sections; eradicating new/isolated outbreaks, particularly those high in the catchment and close to water sources; and where eradication is not possible, containing established populations. These can be achieved by: developing/implementing a property management plan which complements other plans within the catchment; developing a budget for your weed management control; planning to exploit any known weakness in the weeds life-cycle or ecology; integrating all appropriate control methods e.g. biological, chemical, and mechanical; integrate weed control with other management actions e.g. managing grazing regimes, fi re and feral animals; implementing a rehabilitation program e.g. revegetation; and implementing a monitoring and evaluation program. Property Management Planning Developing a property management plan for your property is about identifying and prioritising what needs to be achieved, within a set time frame. A plan should aim to systematically contain, reduce and in some instances, eradicate weed infestations, while protecting unaffected country. Ideally property management plans should take into consideration the weeds current distribution, the potential for spread (consider mechanisms for spread with respect to topography, proximity to water courses, proximity to access tracks/roads) and potential impacts on land use and other values such as biodiversity. Property management plan templates are available from the Weed Management Branch (see contact details on the inside cover of this document). Weed Management Offi cers from the Branch, can provide assistance with the development of property management plans and can provide advice on all facets of weed management, including control techniques, biological control, legislative responsibilities, monitoring, reporting and regional planning. Mapping Any plan will need to address how big the problem is and where the problem is. Good plans should also take into consideration weed infestations in neighbouring areas. The Weed Management Branch has produced Guidelines for Weed Data Collection in the Northern Territory . The guidelines describe what information to collect when mapping, controlling and monitoring weed infestations in the NT. The guidelines can be downloaded from www.nt.gov.au/weeds The NT guidelines are based on the national guidelines published in A Field Manual for Surveying and Mapping Nationally Signifi cant Weeds. The supply of weed data to the Weed Management Branch by individuals and groups using the NT Guidelines is important to increase our knowledge of weeds within the NT. The collection of data in accordance with the Guidelines for Weed Data Collection in the Northern Territory will result in improved and consistent data quality. Increased quality and quantity of weed infestation data across all parts of the NT is fundamental in planning and delivering strategic and coordinated weed management to protect the Territorys assets.

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