Winter is the perfect time to ensure your farm biosecurity plan is in working order, says the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Plant Biosecurity Officer Pip Cotter.
Winter is a good time to focus on re-evaluating, improving or creating an effective biosecurity plan while the orchard and the pests and diseases that threaten it lie dormant.
Pests and diseases pose a higher risk establishing in the warmer months.
Therefore, using the winter months to put in place biosecurity plans ensures when you are busy in the spring and summer, your biosecurity plan protects your crop.
Take a look at:
- the biosecurity plans you currently have in place – are they working? Re-evaluate plans to ensure they remain effective
- the current industry high-priority pests that threaten your farm – make sure you know what they are and the signs to look for. Be alert.
- your current hygiene practices – the sort of visitors you have on a regular basis and evaluate risks posed
- your obligations under any Quality Assurance Schemes. Could you demonstrate you are compliant if you were to be audited?
Start your biosecurity plan today by going to farmbiosecurity.com. This site will provide you with, on farm biosecurity measures tailored to your farms needs. Farm Biosecurity aims to help producers reduce the risks posed by weeds, pests and diseases to their enterprise by the use of helpful apps, toolkits, manuals and more.
For more information on biosecurity, pests and diseases, incursions and ways to improve your farm biosecurity, go to:
Plant Health Australia http://www.planthealthaustralia.com.au/biosecurity/
Farm Biosecurity https://www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/
New South Wales DPI https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant
Department of Agriculture http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity
National Pest and Disease Outbreaks https://www.outbreak.gov.au/
Subscribe to NSW DPI Plant Biosecurity News https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/publications/plant-biosecurity-newsletter
Update provided by:
Plant Biosecurity Officer, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Orange, NSW