Northern Crops Institute Director Mark Jirik recently traveled to Australia, including the bush country that is dealing with wildfires. Jirik says the area impacted is very small. “For those living through it, it is obviously a major ordeal, but for those that have lived in that area for a long time deal with fire on a regular basis.” The region currently dealing with the fires is primarily used for cattle pastures. A limited amount of wheat ground is also impacted. “When I was down there, harvest was still happening. They do put on what they call paddock bans where they ban harvest just because they don’t want fires to get out of hand in ripened wheat fields.” Jirik emphasized the fire-stricken area is very small and the rest of Australia is open for business.
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