Itch Grass

Hairs or spikes present on the stem.

Itch Grass can be identified by the following characteristics:

Aerial Roots, normally red/green in colourHairs or spikes present on the stem.Very distinct seed head
Itch Grass Aerial Roots

Itch Grass Aerial Roots

Aerial Roots, normally red/green in colour

Itch Grass Spikes

Itch Grass Spikes

Hairs or spikes present on the stem.

Itch Grass Seed Head

Itch Grass Seed Head

Very distinct seed head

Itch Grass Facts

  • Erect annual grass that reaches heights of 4 metres.
  • A single plant can produce 2,200 seeds.
  • Seeds can lay dormant for up to seven years.

Itch Grass is a Declared Local Pest in the Burdekin under Local Law No.3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2012.

Itch Grass Control

  • Machine hygiene is extremely important; all machinery should be clean before entering and leaving a property.
  • In-crop spray management.
  • Do not slash itch grass plants.

If you are unsure, contact BPS on 4783 1101 or Burdekin Shire Council 4783 9800 to get confirmation.

The Itch Grass will then need to be deseeded and sprayed.

 

 

 

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