With the 2018 summer harvest nearing completion, the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia is reminding farmers who are planning to burn stubble, to do so responsibly.
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.
‘‘We ask farmers 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.
‘‘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.’’