It could be a bad year for wheat producers in southern Australia.
Locust swarms are sweeping across crop fields and that could threaten this year's fall cereal harvest. Even hectares of barley and wheat were destroyed last week.
The recent pre-planting rain has also helped to set up ideal breeding conditions for the insects. The government is warning farmers to be prepared for an explosion of locust next spring.
The last significant locust plaque was in 2004, but farmers were able to battle the infestation by destroying hatchlings.
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