New guidelines will help South Australian grain and winegrape growers manage smoke from broadacre stubble burns to reduce the risk of damage to unharvested winegrapes.

The Broadacre burn-off smoke management guideline, launched in March, has been developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) in collaboration with Grain Producers SA, the Wine Grape Council of South Australia and the South Australian Wine Industry Association, along with other grape and wine associations.

Designed to support the South Australian Country Fire Service’s Smoke Management Policy, the guidelines aim to improve information flow between the state’s grain and winegrape growers.

The guidelines offer tailored advice for:

Grain growers planning a burn to reduce stubble load and pests on their property.

Grape growers with vines in close proximity of a broadacre cropping operation.

In a season with a record South Australian grain harvest, and a later than average vintage across the state’s wine regions, there has never been a more important time for the grain and wine sectors to unite, ensuring they work together to minimise the risk of stubble burn smoke impacting the quality of this season’s winegrape crop.

The CFS Smoke Management Policy and Broadacre burn-off smoke management guideline are available for download now.

This article was provided by PIRSA.