Canola flows into Nyabing

TOYAH SHAKESPEAREGreat Southern Herald

The CBH Nyabing site was one of the first in the State to receive canola last week, kicking off what is set to be the best WA harvest of all time.

Receivals started coming in from Monday last week and about 700 tonnes of canola had been collected by the end of the week.

CBH Nyabing site manager Jimmy Kroukour said the cooperative expected to collect about 120,000 tonnes of grain in total at the site, but it could be more as the harvest was looking promising.

“It’s looking to be a record harvest,” he said.

“If we don’t get any rain from here on in, which will stain the barley and sprout the wheat, farmers are sitting on the best year they’ve ever had.”

Mr Kroukour said the site was run by four employees but would increase to 14 staff during the peak period.

“Barley’s nearly ready (and) should be coming in this week, then the wheat is more late November through to the second week of December,” he said.

“Two years ago we had our last receival in March, there was too much rain.

“Hopefully this year we can get it in by Christmas-New Year, weather pending.”

Nyabing farmer Peter Johnston took four deliveries of canola, or about 300 tonnes, to the site last Thursday.

“The canola is looking really good, we have recorded a high oil count, 49 per cent,” he said.

CBH Albany zone manager Greg Thornton said the majority of grain received to date had been canola with smaller tonnages of barley and oats also being delivered.

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