Avoid burn­ing your stub­ble or at least be care­ful

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

Land­hold­ers are be­ing asked to take ex­tra care and re­spon­si­bil­ity when it comes to stub­ble burn­ing, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the Easter and An­zac Day pe­ri­ods.

The Rice­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia, Mur­rumbidgee Coun­cil, and the Ir­ri­ga­tion Re­search and Ex­ten­sion Com­mit­tee say where pos­si­ble, stub­ble burn­ing should be avoided dur­ing the hol­i­days.

RGA environmental projects man­ager Neil Bull said all land­hold­ers need to sup­port re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and en­sure that all who par­tic­i­pate in the range of planned com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties do so un­der the best pos­si­ble con­di­tions.

‘‘It is im­por­tant to take all pos­si­ble steps to min­imise the ad­verse ef­fects of smoke on neigh­bours and neigh­bour­ing town­ships,’’ Mr Bull said.

‘‘Farm­ers are pre­par­ing for the plant­ing of win­ter crops and many will be burn­ing stub­ble. 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.

‘‘Visit the MetEye sec­tion of the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy web­site and 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 fact sheet on the RGA web­site.’’

Neil Bull.

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