WEEDING LIPPIA OUT: Ian Crosthwaite will lead an information session for landholders. He is pictured with Neville Jorgensen at the Booie Field Walk.
WEEDING LIPPIA OUT: Ian Crosthwaite will lead an information session for landholders. He is pictured with Neville Jorgensen at the Booie Field Walk. Rhiannon Tuffield

Weeding out the invasive lippia

LANDHOLDERS will be able to attend a free lippia management information session in Nanango on Wednesday.

Lippia is a weed that destroys most pasture species and has invaded creek banks and paddocks along Barkers Creek and other heavy soil areas in the South Burnett.

Kingaroy Landcare Group Secretary and Agronomist Ian Crosthwaite said lippia had a deep root system and exuded a toxin that prevented other plants from growing.

"It's a weed we're very concerned about and we want to make sure people are aware of it and the potential problems it can cause," he said.

"It is rapidly spreading and a significant threat to the environment and agricultural production."

The weed is easily spread and transported through floodwater and by animals and vehicles.

Mr Crosthwaite said many landholders didn't realise how catastrophic the weed could be.

"It's a huge problem along the rivers and creeks," he said.

The information session will provide local landholders and industry with information on managing the weed.

Mr Crosthwaite and Nufarm Researcher Frank Taylor will lead the seminar on May 13 at Nanango Cultural Centre from 7.30pm.

Phone 0409 622 319.

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