With canola in full bloom across the Great Southern, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has issued a biosecurity warning for anyone seeking to photograph the fields of gold. DPIRD has warned photographers they could unwittingly spread weeds, pests or diseases if they enter canola fields, posing a biosecurity risk to crops and livestock. DPIRD grains biosecurity officer Jeff Russell said people who entered farm properties for a photo risked causing a biosecurity incident. “Weed seeds and soil material that may contain a fungal disease could easily be spread on footwear or vehicles to other properties, which could have a potentially devastating impact,” Mr Russell said. “It is not appropriate to jump the fence onto a farmer’s property, and a far too great a biosecurity risk, so best to stay on the road verge to admire the view and take photographs from there.” Mr Russell said the public could help DPIRD by monitoring verges for pests and diseases and reporting observations via the DPIRD MyPestGuide Reporter app. Visit https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/apps/mypestguide-reporter.