Grain Harvesting Code of Practice

Fires during harvest can be costly to grain growers, their neighbours and the community. A voluntary code of practice is available to help farmers make their own decision on when it is safe to go reaping.

The key points to reduce crop fire risk include:

  • Stop harvest when the local actual (not forecast) Grassland Fire Danger Index exceeds 35.
  • Before harvest, establish a minimum 4-metre fire break around the boundary of crops or paddocks to be reaped.
  • Keep crop residues on machines to a minimum, particularly engines, exhausts or brakes.
  • Regularly maintain machinery before and during harvest, particularly wearing parts and bearing.
  • Carry the prescribed equipment – such as water, extinguisher and a shovel – and have immediate access to a UHF CB radio or mobile phone.
  • Keep a farm fire fighting unit in the paddock being harvested.

See GPSA's KNOW YOUR CODE campagin for more information and additional resources. 


Burning – post-harvest and outside the fire danger season

In April 2015, the Country Fire Service, Primary Producers SA, GPSA and PIRSA adopted a new Broadacre Burning Code of Practice. The code outlines how to plan a burn, safe burning techniques, risks, and a burn plan check list.

In addition, the SA Government and CFS adopted a new code of practice on vegetation pile burning after numerous fires in recent years. The code addresses the main cause of these fires - a lack of planning and preparation and inappropriate burning techniques for the environment in which it is conducted.


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