THE HORROR mouse plague through eastern Australia has hit the nation’s summer croppers hard, both in terms of yield reduction and quality issues.
Some sorghum producers have had marked yield penalties due to mouse damage while there have been more widespread reports of contamination with mouse faeces in the harvested grain, meaning it cannot be accepted by bulk handlers or exported.
This is due to a zero tolerance for objectionable material, including animal waste, in Grain Trade Australia’s official receival standards.
Brendan Taylor, AgForce grains president, said the contamination issues had the potential to cost farmers big dollars.
“If you took your sorghum to port, say to Brisbane, and it was knocked back it would have to come back…