June 4, 2015
An updated manual providing advice on how grains farmers can boost farm biosecurity measures to protect their enterprise against weeds, pests and diseases has been launched by the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program.
The Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers has new sections on pests of stored grain, how to fumigate silos effectively and how to manage risks posed by livestock and feed.
Alison Saunders from Plant Health Australia, the managers of the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program, encourages grains farmers to pick up or download a copy of the substantially upgraded manual.
“Recognising the increasing trend to mixed farming, the manual explains the need to consider risks when you bring stock feed onto the farm, risks of new weeds in particular,” Ms Saunders said.
“We’ve also included information on how to store grains effectively, how to identify particular types of stored grain pests, and how to fumigate in sealed silos safely and effectively, and there’s information on 15 new high priority pests that producers need to keep an eye out for.”
Ms Saunders said that high priority exotic pests of canola, winter cereals, summer grains, pulses, and sunflowers are featured in the new booklet.
“As before, the manual contains useful templates for recording activities including a visitors, fumigation, surveillance and machinery clean down,” she added.
Copies of the new manual are available free from Grains Biosecurity Officers in grain growing states, and they are also happy to give advice on how to implement biosecurity on-farm. Contact details for the officers are available from phau.com.au/gfbp.
Electronic copies of the manual, plus fact sheets and other resources for grain growers can be downloaded from planthealthaustralia.com.au/industries/grains/