Reducing the risk of harvester fires during the coming lentil crop harvest will be the focus of four Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) technical workshops in Victoria and South Australia next week. The workshops have been designed especially for new lentil growers or those who have limited experience with lentil harvesting operations. Harvester fires have become an issue of increasing concern in the southern cropping region in recent years, particularly when harvesting lentil crops.
To assist growers and machinery operators with development and implementation of harvest fire-prevention strategies, the GRDC is hosting a series of workshops at which fire safety experts, State authorities, engineers and growers will provide timely advice. Workshops will be at:
• Swan Hill (Swan Hill Football-Netball Club) on Monday, October 17, from 7:30am to 12 noon
• Warracknabeal (Community Centre) on Tuesday, October 18, from 7:30am to 12 noon
• Crystal Brook (Crystal Brook Football Club) on Wednesday, October 19, from 7:30am to 12 noon
• Cleve (Cleve Golf Club) on Thursday, October 20, from 7:00am to 11:30am.
Topics will include: practical harvester modifications to reduce heat load; harvester hygiene and equipment maintenance; fire danger index and fire communication; new fire-fighting solutions to kit out headers, chaser bins and chaff carts; and this season's harvesting codes of conduct.
Full workshop programs are available at www.agcommunicators.com.au. Enquiries can be directed to Deb Baum at AgCommunicators via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0448 840232.
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli