Latest information for grain growers in Clarence
GRAIN producers in NSW now have access to the latest information to help reduce biosecurity risks and implement up-to-date biosecurity practices, with the revised Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers.
Department of Primary Industries Grains Biosecurity Officer Rachel Taylor said the new manual was timely because it provided updated advice on how farmers could boost farm biosecurity measures and protect their enterprise against weeds, pests and diseases.
"The recent exotic disease incursions in plant industries such as bananas and watermelons show that farmers shouldn't wait until there's a new disease or pest incursion to put biosecurity measures in place," Ms Taylor said.
"The manual has been upgraded with more comprehensive information about on-farm biosecurity measures that everyone can implement."
Ms Taylor said simple changes in procedure on-farm would protect your property from nasty exotic pests as well as existing weeds, pests and diseases.
"It's important to prioritise actions in order to manage these risk pathways, such as the easy and simple act of erecting biosecurity signage on all entry points to the property," Ms Taylor said.
"The old saying is true - it's better to be safe than sorry.
"The manual also features pest profiles on 15 new high priority pests that producers need to look for, including pests of canola, winter cereals, summer grains and pulses."
The guide contains useful templates for keeping records including a visitor register, stored grain fumigation, surveillance and machinery clean down records.
Growers can pick up a copy of the manual and other resources including free biosecurity gate signs at upcoming agricultural field days or contact Rachel Taylor on 02 6391 3121.
The manual is available from the Plant Health Australia website at planthealthaustralia.com.au/industries/grains
The National Grains Farm Biosecurity Program is an initiative managed by Plant Health Australia in partnership with Grain Producers Australia and State governments.