Viterra receivals near 1.5Mt, Oct record broken

Grain Central, November 8, 2023

First delivery for the 2023-24 harvest at Viterra Keith was brought in by Alex Hill and Glen Simpson of Simpson Farming, pictured with Viterra employee Macy Richman. Photo: Viterra

HARVEST deliveries to Viterra’s South Australian network hit 1.49 million tonnes on Sunday after 760,588t was received at sites for the week.

“We’ve just had our biggest October ever with growers delivering over 925,000 tonnes to Viterra sites during the month,” Viterra general manager operations Gavin Cavanagh said.

Week to 5 Nov 2023 Harvest to 5 Nov 2023
Western region 334,299 793,328
Central region 335,029 578,746
Eastern region 91,261 117,515
TOTAL TONNES 760,588 1,489,590

Central region deliveries ramped up last week, and Viterra Central region operations manager Jack Tansley said they peaked on Friday.

“Most of the Mid North sites were busy towards the end of the week, with barley the major commodity received and smaller tonnages of field peas and beans into Gladstone and Balaklava,” Mr Tansley said.

“Wallaroo had its busiest day so far this harvest on Sunday with almost 19,000t received and wheat the main commodity, while the northern Yorke Peninsula lentil harvest is starting to wind down.”

Viterra Western region operations manager Nick Pratt said it was a big week, with consistent deliveries in some areas and harvest starting to slow in others.

“Our Poochera site received their first delivery during the week,” Mr Pratt said.

“Lentil receivals were solid into Yeelanna and Port Neill.

“Canola and barley are also going strong into Cummins.

“Growers around the far west are starting to wrap up their harvest, and in some cases they’ve already finished.

“Despite the drier conditions, growers in the area have been happy with their season with grain quality and yields in line with their predictions.”

Viterra Eastern region operations manager Andrew Cannon said the warmer weather saw more sites in the region receive their first loads and open for weekend operations.

“Karoonda, Keith, Wolseley and Dooen received their first deliveries during the week,” Mr Cannon said.

“With improving harvest weather, most of our sites were open over the weekend to service local grower demand.

“In the northern Mallee, we continue to see strong receivals of barley and our Loxton and Werrimull sites received their first new-season wheat.

“Receivals into our new lentil segregation at Karoonda kicked off on Monday.

“We’ve had some great feedback from lentil growers north of the site that they’re pleased to save on travel time with a new delivery point for their lentils.

“We also received our first lentils into Dooen and Pinnaroo and new-season canola at Tailem Bend and Inner Harbour.”


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