DESPITE harvest bans and rain delaying some harvest programs across the grain belt, Western Australian growers had an impressive run last week, delivering more than 2.28 million tonnes (Mt) into the network.
This significant volume was driven by good harvest conditions in the Albany, Kwinana South and Esperance zones, and total harvest receivals have now reached 9.19Mt.
Chief operations officer Mick Daw said sites in the Kwinana North zone were likely to begin closing as growers finish harvest.
“Harvest is all but finished in the Geraldton zone, and some parts of the Kwinana North zone are close to wrapping up,” Mr Daw said.
“According to our estimates, we are still expecting approximately another 4Mt to come in across the network.”
Following is a round-up of conditions by zone:
The Albany Zone had a slow start to the week after some rain, but the warmer weather in the later part of the week saw some good tonnes flow in the bins.
The majority of the grain coming in has been barley, with canola slowing down and more wheat deliveries starting across the zone.
All sites are open across the zone, and Pingrup set a new daily record on November 23 by receiving 9681t.
Favourable weather conditions saw the Esperance zone have its biggest receival week to date.
Wheat made up the majority of last week’s deliveries, with barley the second highest.
Canola has started to taper off, with most canola loads now being delivered into the port.
Lupins and field peas remain low in tonnage.
All sites remain open, but some segregations have been consolidated and closed at sites.
Many growers are finishing up and we are likely to see receivals taper off rapidly over the following fortnight.
However, this may be pushed out with patchy rain expected across the zone at the start of this week.
The zone’s receivals at 1.314Mt have surpassed the 1.2Mt estimated by CBH for the year.
The Yuna, Northampton and Mullewa sites are closed, and Arrino, Perenjori and Morawa sites will close this week.
Opening hours have been reduced at Mingenew and Carnamah.
Geraldton Grain Terminal, Moonyoonooka and Narngulu are all still open, but will close on Sundays and have reduced hours.
The zone has received 75pc of the total estimate, and was impacted by two days of weather-related harvest bans last week.
Wheat is the main commodity being delivered now, with only small amounts of canola and barley.
Some sites have started shutting and more are expected to shut over the next seven days.
Despite harvest bans across most of the zone, Kwinana last week had the biggest week of receivals by far the season.
Canola receivals have significantly decreased, while barley and wheat receivals continue to increase.
Protein in wheat continues to average higher than expected.
Source: CBH Group