Cotton pickers are rolling through the first of this season’s crops in Central Queensland (CQ), bringing in promising yields from the big percentage of crops that were sown early this season.
Harvester-integrated weed seed control is now within reach of many more growers following the release of a vertical, mechanical-drive version of the popular Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor (iHSD).
Australia’s 2018 winter crop was a tale of two halves with Western Australia producing a near-record crop, while the eastern seaboard suffered the ravages of a crippling drought in many areas that saw tonnages well down on average.
The Western Australian winter crop has produced the goods over the 2018/19 season with the CBH Group taking in almost 16 million tonnes as harvest wraps up across the state.
Bulk handlers GrainCorp and Viterra have now received around 5.6 million tonnes from the harvest which is now winding down in eastern Australia in all states bar Victoria, where rain delayed activity in the last fortnight of 2018.
Winter crop harvest yields continue to rise above expectations in Western Australia where total tonnages exceed projections as more area is harvested.
Grain receivals from the eastern Australian harvest to date have hit 3 million tonnes, with GrainCorp’s intake in eastern states now at 1Mt as of 3 December, and Viterra’s in South Australia at just under 2Mt as of 2 December, according to their latest weekly harvest reports.
Western Australian growers have delivered 2.4 million tonnes (Mt) of grain in the week to 30 November into CBH Group storages to lift the state’s total to 7.2Mt, or close to half the expected tonnage, in the harvest to date, according to CBH Group’s latest harvest report.
Grain growers harvesting frosted crops this season should take extra precautions to minimise machinery wear and tear and the risk of fire, and to be conscious of the quality of grain retained for seed.
Harvest to date in South Australia and its eastern neighbours has hit 2.3 million tonnes, with rain slowing progress in South Australia, where Viterra has now received 1.63Mt, compared with 672,000t in total received by GrainCorp in eastern states.