Farmers urged to think before burning off stubble

With the summer harvest well underway many organisations from around the area have issued a reminder to farmers who are going to burn off stubble to do so responsibly.

Rice Industy Extension coordinator Gae Plunkett said it was important to take all possible steps to minimise the adverse effects of smoke on neighbours and neighbouring townships saying every incident that negatively affects local communities put farmers right to burn at risk.

“Growers are preparing for the planting of winter crops and many will be burning stubble,” she said.

“We ask them to be strategic in their burning practices to reduce the adverse effects of stubble smoke on those living nearby.”

Farmers are being urged to monitor weather conditions and the direction of the wind so as to not adversely effect the surrounding towns.