Cropping

Another big week of fine harvest conditions

Grain Central, December 2, 2016

Harvest receivals wrap

Eastern Australia

BULK handler GrainCorp received 2 million tonnes of grain in the week to November 28 to lift its receivals in Queensland, NSW and Victoria combined to 4.7MT.

In Central Queensland, harvest is winding down, and the bulk of activity in southern Queensland has moved to the central and southern Downs.

In NSW, plains crops in the northern half of the state are providing much of the state’s intake.

NSW and Queensland receivals to November 28  totalled 2.8MT and 1.6MT respectively, following  intake of 1,529,200t in NSW and 280,100t in Queensland.

Graincorp sites in Victoria received 142,900t in the week to November 28,  bringing the state’s total to 269,600t.

South Australia

Viterra reported 894,642t was delivered in the week ended November 27 which brought total receivals for the current harvest to 2.2MT.

In the Western region, receivals had now passed 1.5MT, following the delivery of 507,013t in the week to Sunday.

New bunkers at Arno Bay and Wudinna are now being filled with grain receivals.  Two vesssels loaded from Port Lincoln and two from Thevenard.

In the Central region, receivals totalled 295,686t, to lift harvest intake to date to 627,558t.

Eastern region intake gained ground during the week, where the week’s receivals of 91,943t lifted harvest intake to 126,532t.  Parilla site set a daily receivals record of 1094t on November 27.

Western Australia

Fine weather in Western Australia has harvest, at a spectacular rate, delivering Co-operative Bulk Handling sites between 2MT and 3MT per week late in November.

Cumulative totals were 3.6MT of wheat, 2.5MT of barley and 1.8MT of canola, being total 7.9MT receivals at the last week of November.

While harvest in Geraldton zone is winding down, it still delivered 512,459t into the system in the third week of November, with vessels arriving the following week to ship out 150,000t.

Kwinana zone receival activity, at around 200,000t per day, had seen most pressure from wheat volumes (mostly northern zone), but also canola and barley pressure as yields exceeded expectations.

Albany zone intake was mostly canola, oats and barley, including a high proportion of malting classification along with introduction of malt 2 segregations.

Albany port will ship canola and feed barley in first half December and keep space available for receivals at port, a situation also assisted by the recent opening of the Mirambeena receival site.

Esperance zone harvest had swung from coarse grain and (high-oil content) canola receivals to predominantly wheat.

Across all zones CBH receivals estimate remained at 13 -14MT; the end of the first week in December was expected to see around 80pc of those receivals in the bin.

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