Deniliquin Pastoral Times

No stubble burns at Easter, Anzac

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The Ricegrower­s’ Associatio­n of Australia is reminding local landholder­s not to burn stubble during Easter and Anzac Day public holidays.

RGA environmen­tal projects manager Neil Bull said it was important to take all possible steps to minimise the adverse effects of smoke on neighbours and neighbouri­ng townships.

“Farmers are preparing for the planting of winter crops and many will be burning stubble,” he siad.

“We ask them to reduce the effects on those living nearby.

“Growers are asked to be mindful of the impacts that smoke can have on nearby communitie­s and only burn when conditions are appropriat­e.

“Growers should plan their burning strategy to avoid inappropri­ate conditions. Monitor prevailing weather conditions and avoid burning late in the day or when there is no wind, as this is when inversion layers are most likely to be present.”

Mr Bull said the Bureau of Meteorolog­y website has a mixing height tool to help growers plan stubble burns.

“Click on the MetEye link to use the tool to get a forecast for burning conditions and wind speed and direction over the next few days at your location,” he said.

For more informatio­n about this tool and alternativ­es to burning, growers should refer to the Responsibl­e Stubble Management details on the RGA website.

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