WA harvest total reaches 1m tonnes
Harvest has started to pick up in WA with total deliveries reaching the 1 million tonne mark on November 7, according to CBH Group’s harvest update.
Geraldton received just over 253,000 tonnes last week, now sitting at a total of 351,000 tonnes.
CBH Geraldton zone manager Duncan Gray said there were interruptions during the week from thunderstorms but the area would see better weather over the next few days.
This year’s harvest has moved from ordinary to average with a 6.9 per cent increase in estimated total State production from October according to the Grain Industry Association of WA.
This is with the exception of the east and north-east Wheatbelt, where growers were facing total crop failure in July and may now achieve a below-cost recovery season.
The Geraldton area will yield slightly more wheat than previous estimates.
Lupins and canola tonnage estimates have been reduced for the Geraldton area due to early indications from harvested paddocks yielding lower than expected.
“Canola is over halfway through estimate levels while lupins are very slow. Barley is a fair way through and wheat now is also a third of the way through,” Mr Gray said.
The final part of the 2017 growing season saw marked improvement in seasonal rainfall compared to the start of the season.
However, total receivals are about 35 per cent lower than the total tonnes received this time last year.