Eastern harvest receivals kick in

Updated November 17 2021 - 5:28am, first published 1:15am
Grower Robin Schaefer of Bulla Burra delivering the first load into Viterra's Loxton site with Viterra employee Chad Thompson.

FIRST grain loads are being received into Viterra's eastern sites this past week, marking the start to harvest in that region.

Deliveries were welcomed at Viterra's Karoonda, Lameroo and Loxton sites, with nine sites now having taken their first loads.

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Overall, growers delivered more than 165,000 tonnes into Viterra sites last week, with total receivals for the 2021-22 harvest at just over 425,000t.

Viterra operations manager Michael Hill says the business is ready and will continue to work closely with growers.

"We will make sure we're in contact with growers so that once the weather fines up and they're ready to start reaping and delivering into sites, we have services in place that meet their needs," he said.

"We have the flexibility to extend opening hours until late which is important given the seasonal conditions, and we'll also work to ensure turnaround times are as efficient as possible."

Viterra released its new digital delivery advice which will also help to save time for growers and streamline their delivery process.

"We encourage grower customers to try it out as they can save time by prefilling regularly entered information, duplicating delivery advices, and reducing the amount of information entered while a load is being classified," Mr Hill said.

Viterra western region operations manager Nick Pratt says their deliveries were mainly into mid and upper Eyre Peninsula sites.

"Growers delivered well into the week at our Arno Bay, Lock, Wudinna, Witera, Thevenard and Kimba sites ahead of weather conditions coming through," he said.

The majority of deliveries on the EP had been barley, followed by wheat and canola.

In the central region, growers delivered early in the week, with last Tuesday being the biggest day for receivals so far this harvest.

Viterra central region operations manager Jack Tansley says growers have delivered into 13 sites in the region so far.

"Growers were delivering wheat, barley, canola, lentils, peas and faba beans during the week, which included strong deliveries of lentils at Ardrossan," he said.

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