WA har­vest to­tal reaches 1m tonnes

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

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.

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