South Australian farmer targets harvester fire safety

BEN Wundersitz is employing the principles of planning, prevention and being proactive in his effort to reduce his risk of harvester fires.

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Yorke Peninsula farmer Ben Wundersitz is conscious of fire safety in his operation and has a focus on prevention and staff education. Picture courtesy GRDC.

He has made considerable investment in firefighting and prevention technology and recently installed weather stations on his property to assist in making informed harvesting decisions based on the Fire Danger Index (FDI) conditions.

Ben owns and manages Anna Binna on the central Yorke Peninsula in South Australia which comprises 6000ha across nine properties in the region.

Anna Binna has been growing lentils for 25 years and Ben says there has been a lot of trial and error. However, they have been fortunate enough to avoid a major fire in that time, which Ben attributes to formulating a plan with his employees and adhering to it over harvest.

"Lentils are very profitable and an important part of our rotation," Ben said.
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