Improving the profitability & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers

Snail Mitigation Project

Project timeline from June 2018 - July 2020

This project is funded through the Western Australian Agricultural Authority and is focussed on practise change resulting in decreased snail contamination of grain delivered to the bulk handling system.

Working alongside the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), camera images of snail activity will provide advice in real time, including the best time to bait snails and the best time of day and weather conditions to harvest and avoid snail contamination.

Research on the use and commercial viability for farmers in the South Coast region, of incorporating targeted mesh sized sieves, for increased snail removal, in grain cleaners will also be carried out.

The viability of using other grain cleaning systems will be investigated and shared with growers along with best practice techniques for reducing further spread and infestation of snails in the Esperance Port Zone.

In Australia four species of introduced snails are pests of grain crops and pastures in the Southern Region. These can be divided into two distinct groups: round or white snails and conical or pointed snails. For more information on snail management, go to:

For information on the project, you can contact SEPWA Project Officer, Andrea Carmody at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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