DELIVERIES into Viterra’s South Australian network totalled 196,186 tonnes in the week to Sunday, taking total deliveries for the 2022-23 harvest to 566,671t, the bulk handler said in its latest weekly harvest report.
Barley, wheat and canola made up the majority of tonnes, and an additional five sites across the Viterra network received their first loads of new-season grain during the week.
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Table 1: Receivals into Viterra’s South Australian network for the 2022-23 harvest. Source: Viterra
Viterra Western region operations manager Nick Pratt said Thursday and Friday were the busiest days for the region.
“Our Thevenard, Witera and Wudinna sites received good tonnages of both barley and wheat, and Port Lincoln, Cummins, Arno Bay, Edillilie and Kimba have now all received loads of canola,” Mr Pratt said.
“While deliveries in the region slowed slightly on Friday due to weather, we started loading the first new-season vessel of South Australian grain at our Thevenard port terminal, continuing over the weekend into Monday.”
“We will continue to export grain throughout harvest, which creates additional storage capacity at our sites for growers’ grain.”
Across the Central region, growers delivered grain into 11 sites.
Viterra Central region operations manager Jack Tansley said deliveries increased as the week progressed after another wet and cool weekend.
“Receivals ramped up on Thursday and Friday with growers delivering barley, canola and lentils,” Mr Tansley said.
“Barley remained the highest volume, yet lentil deliveries lifted towards the end of the week as growers began harvesting them.”
Viterra Eastern region operations manager Andrew Cannon said, similar to the Western and Central regions, harvest receivals in Viterra’s Eastern region peaked late in the week with more favourable weather allowing growers to harvest.
“We had our first loads of canola for the season delivered into our Tailem Bend and Coonalpyn sites, while barley and lentils continued to be received,” Mr Cannon said.
“As weather conditions improve, we will continue to work with growers to ensure our sites are open when they are ready to deliver.”