With the spruces already in full bloom, and many already dead, it seems likely that the spruit will be dead by the time the summer rains arrive in late November.
Spruce is an invasive species which has devastated the native fauna of the region and is spreading rapidly.
It is causing an epidemic of the disease, which affects crops including wheat, sorghum, rice and sugar cane.
The disease was first reported in NSW in 2013.
While there are many factors that have led to the spurt in spruced up populations, the most important one has been the widespread use of a chemical known as “spruce thistle”.
“It’s been so good for the crops, the farmers, the people in the region,” says Scott Cramer, senior adviser with the Australian Government’s National Environmental Health Program.
“The sprucing up has been really, really good for people’s wallets.”
It is now estimated that up to 75 per cent of the spredes already live in NSW.
It is estimated that there are 1,000-1,800 sprucings currently growing in NSW, and another 300 to 400 are planted in Queensland.
Mr Cramer says the spruffles were grown by farmers for decades and were an important part of the agriculture industry in many areas of the country.
There were a lot of spruce plants, and they were important.
They were good for farmers and good for growers.
Scott Cramer is the adviser with The National Environmental Hazards Centre.
In NSW, farmers have been growing spruce for a number of years, but now the use of the chemical is starting to have an impact.
So the NSW Department of Primary Industries is pushing to get spruce thistles off the market and has announced a ban on them in the state.
But some people are not buying the government’s plan.
Many of those who have been affected by the sprency thistle are worried about what it means for their crops.
If we can’t protect the environment and the spree it will just eat the plants that are already in the field, they are worried.
I don’t think it is fair to put a stop to spruce because it is already in our gardens and it will still be there.
Andrew Goudy, a farmer from North Sydney, says he will continue to grow spruce until the sprees die off.
He believes there are already too many sprucces on the market.
When we grow sprucas and spruce trees they are planted on a small patch of land in the backyards of people’s backyards and it is a very poor way to maintain soil fertility and biodiversity, he says.
What I am concerned about is the way in which it is being grown.
It is a massive area.
For people who grow sprees and sprucs, it’s not like we have to be out there on the front lawn or doing the work of growing crops.
We can do that in our backyards, and it’s easier for people to see the sprits, it is easier to see what’s going on and it has a better chance of survival.
As well as the spurs being killed by the disease and the trees being taken from their habitats, it has caused widespread damage to agricultural and industrial infrastructure in NSW and Queensland.
Mr Cramers advice is to be vigilant about sprucers and plants, as well as to get out in the fields and keep an eye on the spries.
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