Harvest gathers pace in South Australia, sluggish in eastern states

Grain Central, October 30, 2018

AUSTRALIA’S winter-crop harvest is underway in all mainland states. While dismal quantities into the GrainCorp system tell the story of a difficult and disappointing growing season in eastern states, Viterra’s figures show brighter results in South Australia.

Harvesting winter cereals on the Darling Downs.

As of 30 October, GrainCorp had received 21,000 tonnes of grain in Queensland, 1000t in New South Wales, and 3500t in Victoria.

This compares with GrainCorp’s initial 2017-18 harvest report, which had Queensland intake at 508,000t, NSW’s at 199,000t and Victoria’s at 10,000t.

In its first weekly update for the 2018-19 harvest, GrainCorp said it had successfully reversed its export supply chain, and was actively involved in transferring grain, primarily from Western Australia, to meet strong domestic demand.

The transhipments have been discharged at GrainCorp’s Brisbane, Newcastle and Port Kembla terminals, and have totalled 156,000 tonnes to date.

GrainCorp indicated its expectations for big receivals this harvest were limited by the drought conditions, with “a significant share of production” expected to remain on farm or be delivered direct to domestic consumers.

GrainCorp said teams in its northern regions were working with local growers to adapt its network for harvest, and were operating many sites as needed.

To help growers generate cash flow this harvest, GrainCorp has introduced two-day payment terms, meaning growers selling 2018-19 season grain to GrainCorp at a bulk handling network will receive payment within two business days.

South Australia’s bulk handler, Viterra, said it had received 50,722t in the week to 28 October to take its receivals for the harvest to date to 54,082t.

In its weekly harvest report, Viterra said most receivals were in the central region, while the eastern region received its first load, a delivery of barley at Walpeup last Tuesday.

Intake for the week to 28 October totalled 3087t in the western region, 46,836t in the central region, and 799t in the eastern region.

Most of the receivals to date across Viterra’s network have been barley, with some wheat and peas, and this past week has seen a number of sites on the Yorke Peninsula and Lower North open for the season..

Source: GrainCorp, Viterra



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