IN its first harvest report for the new season, South Australian bulk handler Viterra said about 1800 tonnes of new crop grain, mostly barley, was delivered in the week ending 12 October, beginning five days earlier than last year.
Port Pirie and Gladstone sites in the central region received nearly 1600t and Kimba, Thevenard and Tumby Bay in the western region about 200t.
Mambray Creek grower Ben Bussenschutt delivered the first load for the season, Spartacus barley on Tuesday, 8 October, to Port Pirie.
Telowie grower Ian Mudge benefited from Viterra’s innovation of barley dynamic binning, delivering a load of feed barley which received an upgrade from BAR2 (previously F2) to BAR1 (previously F1) at Port Pirie.
“The service is fair and well worth it as over the season you might have a few upgrades,” Mr Mudge said.
“It’s a little win in your pocket outside of what your classification should have been and gives you some extra dollars.”
“It all adds up in a season like this.”
“Dynamic binning provides growers with the potential to access a higher grade for loads that are just outside of receival standards,” Viterra Operations Manager Michael Hill said.
Barley dynamic binning was added this harvest following feedback from growers and the success of wheat dynamic binning last year which delivered approximately $6m in value to growers.
“The service is available for barley grade BAR1 (F1) and Malt1 grades for Planet, Scope, Spartacus and Compass, and wheat grades ASW1, APW1, H2 and H1.”