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CBH harvest receivals hit 10.58Mt, Nov records set

Grain Central, December 5, 2023

Harvest at Wimmera Farm, Dalwallinu, finished on the weekend. Photo: Nathan Sawyer

WESTERN Australian bulk handler CBH Group has received 1.3 million tonnes (Mt) into its network in the week to December 3 to lift its total intake for the current harvest to 10.58Mt.

In the cooperative’s weekly Harvest Report released yesterday, CBH Group chief operations officer Mick Daw said harvest was winding down, with both rain and weather-related  harvest bans further slowing deliveries for the week.

“With harvest starting to slow down, we will be closing sites and reducing operating hours across the network,” Mr Daw said.

Last month saw CBH Group set several records for November.

“We have broken our November shipping record, with 1.62Mt shipped, beating our previous record of 1.53Mt set last November.”

Included in that was volume out of Albany Port, which last month shipped 278,000t to surpass the previous November record of 228,000t set last year.

Last month also saw a new state-wide November rail record of 949,000t, beating the previous record of 876,000t set last year.

“In setting this record, Kwinana and Albany also broke their November records with 751,000t and 109,000t respectively.”

On road, CBH Group also broke its state-wide November record to ports and the Metro Grain Centre with 588,000t received, smashing the record of 325,000t set last November, while the 727,000t delivered by road to all sites broke the record set let November of 405,000t.

Zone Week to Dec 3 Harvest to Dec 3
Albany 437,000 2,348,000
Esperance 225,000 2,240,000
Geraldton 59,000 1,374,000
Kwinana North 226,000 2,086,000
Kwinana South 440,000 2,530,000
TOTAL TONNES 1,387,000 10,578,000

Table 1: Deliveries for the 2023-24 harvest to December 3. Source: CBH Group

Following is a round-up of conditions by zone:

Albany

Thunderstorms across the zone impacted receivals last week, and wheat and barley were the main commodities received, with canola slowing down.

CBH Gairdner set a new daily receival record last week, despite weather interruptions in the zone which caused sites to close temporarily.

Esperance

Rainfall across the zone slowed receivals last week, with wheat the main commodity being delivered.

Deliveries of barley and canola are coming to an end for most growers.

All sites remain open, but most will start to wind down over the coming week as growers finish harvest.

Geraldton

The only sites that remain open in the zone are Geraldton Terminal, Narngulu, Carnamah, Mingenew, and Moonyoonooka.

Some of these sites have now closed on Sundays and have reduced hours.

Kwinana North

The past seven days in the Kwinana North Zone were impacted by rain and several heat and wind-related harvest bans.

Receivals in the zone now sit at about 90 percent of the estimated total, and most deliveries are wheat.

A few sites closed last week, and several more will close this week.

Kwinana South

Deliveries in the Kwinana South zone last week were reduced because of harvest bans and weather events.

Canola deliveries have almost finished, while barley has slowed.

Wheat is the main commodity being received.

Source: CBH Group

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