Frances breaks daily grain receival record

Frances breaks daily grain receival record

Grains
Viterra Frances harvest workers Lily Hannaford, Anna Will, Kelly Will, Bianca Johnson and Grace Davies.

Viterra Frances harvest workers Lily Hannaford, Anna Will, Kelly Will, Bianca Johnson and Grace Davies.

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Just under 300,000t of grain was received into the Viterra network over the past two weeks.

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JUST under 300,000 tonnes of grain was received into the Viterra network over the past two weeks, taking total receivals to more than 5.73 million tonnes.

Viterra Eastern Region operations manager Jo Klitscher said the Frances site had been very busy.

"The majority of our sites are slowing down, however Frances is picking up and is currently our busiest site," she said.

Frances became Viterra's seventh site to break its daily receival record this harvest, with 4106t delivered on Tuesday, December 29.

The site beat its previous record set during the bumper 2016-17 harvest, when 3456t was delivered in a day.

Ms Klitscher said the bunkers at the site were expanded ready for this year's harvest.

"We installed new concrete walled bunkers at Frances which are double the capacity of the previous bunkers," she said.

"This investment was made to ensure the site could receive the larger yields this year, with our close work with growers determining that the area was expecting an above-average crop."

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Viterra Western Region operations manager Nick Pratt said receivals in the region had slowed as the harvest wrapped up, while Viterra Central Region operations manager Jack Tansley said up to 12 sites were open over the past two weeks, with volumes reducing leading up to Christmas and then further reducing between Christmas and the New Year.

"The majority of the receivals were into Port Giles, Gladstone, Roseworthy and Saddleworth," he said.

"Sites are beginning to close to grower receivals as we prepare stocks for our rail and shipping program.

"We expect most harvesting in the region will be completed this next week."

Viterra operations manager Michael Hill says as harvest draws to an end, the business has opened its annual post-harvest survey to gain valuable feedback from its customers.

"This year we have introduced a shorter survey for carrier customers to complete as well," he said.

"The survey is an important tool we use to ensure we continuously improve and provide a valuable and efficient service to our customers."

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