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Viterra harvest receivals near 5Mt

Grain Central, December 12, 2023

Grower Thomas Clothier delivering into Viterra’s Gladstone site last week. Photo: Viterra

AS ACTIVITY begins to wind down in Viterra’s Western and Central regions in South Australia, deliveries to the bulk handler have reached 4.97 million tonnes in the harvest to Sunday.

Viterra received 573,411t in the week to Sunday, and general manager operations Gavin Cavanagh paid credit to Viterra’s employees and grower customers for their efforts in managing the extremes of the weather last week.

“Well done to our employees who have worked hard to prepare our sites for the conditions and manage deliveries with our growers and carriers around the challenging weather, with heat on Friday and extreme winds and storms over the weekend,” Mr Cavanagh said.

Viterra Western region operations manager Nick Pratt said the region had a busy week as the Eyre Peninsula harvest nears its end

“It was a strong week for the lower Eyre Peninsula, with Cummins, Tumby Bay and Port Lincoln being the main sites for deliveries,” Mr Pratt said.

“We increased our opening hours at these sites to accommodate our growers who were trying to reap as much grain as they could before the rain hit on Friday and Saturday.

Central region operations manager Jack Tansley said the majority of deliveries in the region was received from last Monday to Thursday, with little to no volume on Friday and over the weekend due to extreme weather conditions.

“Our main sites for receival volumes were Gladstone, Snowtown, Bowmans, Roseworthy and Port Giles,” Mr Tansley said.

“We estimate that growers in the Central region are close to completing their harvests, pending further rainfall which could cause delays.”

Viterra Eastern region operations manager Andrew Cannon said last week was the region’s busiest for the harvest to date, with Wednesday the busiest day for its harvest.

“Our team worked hard to prepare for the weather, which has been mixed across the region with the northern Mallee receiving minimal rainfall over the weekend.

“The highest volume sites were Tailem Bend, Wolseley, Inner Harbour and Dooen. Pinnaroo, Keith and Lameroo continued to build, while harvest is starting to wrap up in parts of the upper Mallee.”

Week to Dec 10 Harvest to Dec 10
Western region 113,162 1,828,285
Central region 229,568 2,101,252
Eastern region 230,681 1,043,080
TOTAL TONNES 573,411 4,972,616

Table 1: Deliveries into the Viterra network for the 2023-24 harvest to December 10. Source: Viterra

Source: Viterra

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