Viterra’s SA sites receive 456,105t for week

Grain Central, October 31, 2023

Viterra employee Roger Matthews and grower Will Long with the first delivery for the 2023-24 harvest at Viterra’s Yeelanna site last week. Photo: Viterra

HARVEST deliveries to Viterra’s South Australian sites totalled 456,105 tonnes in the week to Sunday in the biggest week for the bulk handler to date this harvest.

In its Weekly harvest report out today, Viterra declared receivals for the harvest to Sunday at 728,905t, with barley and wheat accounting for the bulk of deliveries so far.

Viterra Western region operations manager Nick Pratt said it has been a busy week on Eyre Peninsula.

“We saw first loads received at Darke Peak, Warramboo, Wirrulla and Yeelanna,” Mr Pratt said.

“Canola receivals are ramping up in lower EP sites, while lentil receivals in Kimba, Yeelanna and Tooligie have been solid.

“Some growers will now be finishing up on their barley harvest in the northern EP and switching over to their wheat.

“Growers continue to tell us that they are harvesting at least 2-4 weeks earlier than a traditional harvest.”

Week to Oct 29 Harvest to Oct 29
Western region 274,683 458,956
Central region 158,111 243,695
Eastern region 23,311 26,255
TOTAL TONNES 446,105 728,905

Viterra Central region operations manager Jack Tansley said warmer weather over the weekend supported good volume into most sites in the region.

“Our Wallaroo site had its biggest day for harvest so far on Sunday,” Mr Tansley said.

“We had a busy week on lentils with high volumes going into Wallaroo and Ardrossan. The northern Yorke Peninsula lentil harvest has been consistent and the southern YP is building with volume into Ardrossan increasing daily.

“Most sites are taking barley, with the largest tonnages going into Wallaroo, Ardrossan, Bowmans, Port Pirie and Snowtown.

“The canola harvest is getting going with most volume into Bowmans and Roseworthy.

“Port Pirie is also seeing strong wheat tonnages, with smaller volumes starting into Wallaroo, Ardrossan, Bowmans and Snowtown.”

Viterra Eastern region operations manager Andrew Cannon said three sites in the region received their first loads during the week, with weekend operations starting at Loxton and Inner Harbour.

“Apamurra, Werrimull and Lameroo received their first loads. We received our first lentils into Lameroo, signalling the start of our lentil receivals from from growers in the southern Mallee region,” Mr Cannon said.

“In the northern Mallee, we continue to see consistent receivals of barley into our Loxton site, where we opened over the weekend to serve our grower customers.

“At Inner Harbour, we have received mainly barley and lentils in the last week, with deliveries of canola, faba beans and peas also received.”

Source: Viterra


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