Harvest has a late start
Harvest has kicked off in the Great Southern and the CBH Albany Zone received its first loads for the season yesterday.
The first deliveries for the 201819 season were a 40 tonne load of canola to the Gairdner site and another 50 tonnes of canola to the Albany Port Terminal. The start of harvest in the Albany zone is almost three weeks later than recent years. Zone manager Greg Thornton said people across the zone are beginning to take their crops off the paddock for delivery.
“We are starting to see a few samples of oats and barley from the Hyden and Lake Grace areas, although high moisture content is delaying a start to harvest in this area,” he said.
The tonnage totals are expected to be down from the 2017-18 season, with the latest Grain Institute of WA harvest estimate predicting 3.085 million tonnes would be delivered in the Albany area this season.