WA’s harvest under way

Zach RelphCountryman
About 38 tonnes of canola was delivered to Geraldton Port Terminal today.
Camera IconAbout 38 tonnes of canola was delivered to Geraldton Port Terminal today. Credit: CBH

The first grain has been delivered for the 2018-19 harvest, with Geraldton Port Terminal receiving the State’s first harvested yield today.

About 38 tonnes of canola was delivered to the site this afternoon in the wake of sunny conditions encouraging northern growers to start swathing across parts of the Mid West earlier this month.

It marks a positive start for the Geraldton Port Zone, which has been tipped to produce an above-average yield this harvest.

“This afternoon we received its first grain delivery for the 2018-19 harvest, marking the start of harvest for CBH in WA,” CBH Group Geraldton zone manager Duncan Gray said.

“The load was delivered using CBH’s new CDF app, which is the first time the app has been used in the Geraldton zone after it was trialled at some sites in the Kwinana zone last year.

“It’s likely that the Geraldton Port will receive more canola and some barley tomorrow.”

Last year, Esperance Port Zone was the first receival point in WA to accept harvested grain.

In its October crop report released on Friday, Grain Industry Association of WA slashed the State’s production estimates by 12.7 per cent.

It was reduced to 14.24 million tonnes, down from the 16.3 million tonnes predicted last month, on the back of a dry September and harsh frosts in WA’s grainbelt.

The report said wheat and barley would be worst affected by the adverse seasonal conditions, with GIWA scaling back WA’s anticipated wheat production by 19.2 per cent to 8.15 million tonnes.

Barley forecasts fell 7.2 per cent to 3.53 million tonnes.

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