The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Local Land Services are responding to a confirmed report of exotic serpentine leafminer (Liriomyza huidobrensis). The infestation was reported to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline from a market garden in western Sydney on 22 October 2020.
Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect pest that has now been detected in NSW. The pest was first detected in NSW on 23 September 2020 north of Moree. Subsequent detections were made east of Narrabri and west of Wee Waa in October 2020.
Pasture dieback is a condition that kills sown and native summer growing pastures. It starts as small patches and can spread to affect large areas. Pasture dieback was first identified in Central Queensland, the first case of pasture dieback was confirmed in NSW on the North Coast.