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WITH locust egg beds across
much of northern Victoria, it is
expected that anything to assist
their control will be of immense interest
at the upcoming Elmore Machiner y
One of the major issues in the control
effort will be modifying spraying gear to
ensure it can get into all nooks and
Locusts' preference for nesting into
hard ground means that many of the
expected spring hatchings will occur on
roadsides, along fence lines and in shel-
Gaining access to these areas with the
conventional broad acre spraying equip-
ment readily available on most farms is
all but impossible.
With this in mind, GoldAcres has
solved the problem with a modification
to its range of trailer mounted fire fight-
ers that converts them into an effective
anti-locust weapon, able to take the
fight to the insects in hard-to-access
Along with operating on the fire unit,
the modification can also be fitted to
GoldAcres' low capacity ATV and ute
As with many such innovations, the
premise behind the locust sprayer is
simple. A brass boom jet plumbed into
the delivery side of the motorised pump
delivers a semicircular spray behind the
unit, and the fire fighting hose and noz-
zle remains in place.
The spray can be turned on and off
using an electrically operated valve that
draws its power from the towing vehi-
cle's 12 volt supply.
No special wiring is needed as the
cigarette lighter plug supplied in the
kit incorporates a switch.
GoldAcres marketing manager Lukas
Jess says the unit is beautiful in its sim-
"Once the pump is started and pres-
sure set, the operator just turns the
spray on and off as he drives around
looking for locust beds.
"It's a very cost-effective solution and
because it's an add-on modification, the
unit will still ser ve its primar y purpose
as a fire fighter.
"It means that landholders can buy
one of these in preparation for locust
control and not be out of pocket if by
chance the eggs don't hatch. They'll
still have a very useful fire fighting
unit," he said.
Another advantage of the unit is the
ability to control spraying near water-
ways and other sensitive areas without
stopping and getting out of the vehicle.
Mr Jess said the modification could also be
supplied as a kit if landholders already had a
fire fighting unit.
He said GoldAcres expected significant
interest from landholders who had large
amounts of non-arable land to control, s
as councils, who could use it for the v
amounts of roadside spraying expected to
The trailer units range from 200 to 20
With the addition of a boom jet and an electrically-operated on/off valve that is switched from the
driver's seat, the GoldAcres fire fighter can be used to spray locusts.
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