Eastern Eyre harvest begins

HARVEST on Eastern Eyre Peninsula has started earlier than usual, with Viterra’s Cowell silos receiving its first delivery of grain last week.

On Friday Cowell grower Steve Wildman made the first delivery, a load of barley.

Viterra western region operations manager James Murray said the warm dry weather would see receivals pick up from now on.

FIRST LOAD: Viterra's Jarad Story probes the first load of barley delivered to the Cowell silos, belonging to Steve Wildman.

FIRST LOAD: Viterra's Jarad Story probes the first load of barley delivered to the Cowell silos, belonging to Steve Wildman.

“We expect more deliveries to get underway now in the region and our sites are ready to go as soon as growers can start,” Mr Murray said.

“We’re well prepared to handle a range of quality characteristics and have the ability to be flexible with grades and segregation as harvest progresses.”

“We aim to help growers capture as much value from their grain as possible while meeting buyers’ needs at the same time, and encourage growers to provide feedback at any stage during harvest.”

Mr Murray said moving the record 2016/17 crop out of the Eyre Peninsula was still continuing with more than three million tonnes exported.

He said Viterra had shipped 3.09 million tonnes of grain from the Eyre Peninsula since October last year, which was the second-largest total on record.

“This has been a remarkable effort by our employees and transport partners, achieved with exceptional low vessel wait times,” Mr Murray said.

“New season shipping is expected to start about mid November, with nine different exporters committed to exporting from the Eyre Peninsula in 2017/18.”

The first Eyre Peninsula delivery this year was to Poochera, with a load of Koonibba peas.

Mr Murray said the crops on western Eyre Peninsula were ahead of other areas.

Viterra also revealed new technology at the Tumby Bay silos on Friday, more details on page 10.