NSW grain de­liv­er­ies down

Pro­longed drought leads to 94 per cent de­cline

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY - Madeleine Stuch­bery news@ru­ral­weekly.com

GRAIN de­liv­er­ies to NSW re­ceiver sites have dropped a whop­ping 94 per cent on the pre­vi­ous sea­son, quan­ti­fy­ing the ef­fects of pro­longed drought con­di­tions in grain-pro­duc­ing re­gions.

But de­spite low­ered Aus­tralian grain pro­duc­tion es­ti­mates for this year, some grain re­ceiver sites in South Aus­tralia and Western Aus­tralia have re­ceived more grain de­liv­er­ies in the past weeks than at the same time last sea­son.

While some bulk han­dlers are cred­it­ing the in­flux of grain to an ear­lier than usual start to har­vest, with­out a na­tional grain stocks re­port­ing sys­tem it is dif­fi­cult to tell how much of the de­liv­ered grain is from the 2018-19 ver­sus stored grain from past sea­sons.

Bulk grain han­dler GrainCorp’s har­vest up­date as of Mon­day re­ported 21,100 tonnes of grain de­liv­ered to NSW re­ceiver sites, a mam­moth de­cline on the 375,000 tonnes re­ceived by the same time last year.

Vic­to­rian grain de­liv­er­ies to GrainCorp sites have dropped to 25,500 tonnes of grain, down 77 per cent from the 113,000 tonnes in Novem­ber last year. Grain re­ceived at GrainCorp sites in Queens­land to­tal 46,700 tonnes, down 91 per cent on last year’s 524,000 tonnes by the same stage.

The GrainCorp net­work to­tal as of Mon­day was 260,300 tonnes of grain, down 74 per cent on last year’s 1.12 mil­lion tonnes.

The har­vest re­port noted a large share of grain pro­duc­tion is ex­pected to re­main on-farm this sea­son or de­liv­ered di­rect to do­mes­tic con­sumers given drought con­di­tions.

In the west, WA bulk grain han­dler CBH has re­ceived 348,590 tonnes of grain for the sea­son, down on the 414,033 tonnes re­ceived by the same point last year.

Grain de­liv­er­ies to South Aus­tralian and western Vic­to­rian grain han­dler Viterra have in­creased by more than 32 per cent on last sea­son.

Viterra sites re­ceived 203,855 tonnes of grain in the past week. In the cor­re­spond­ing week last year, Viterra re­ceived 153,396 tonnes.

A Viterra spokes­woman said the har­vest con­tin­ued to pick up pace, with more than 200,000 tonnes of grain ar­riv­ing across its sites in the past week, bring­ing to­tal re­ceivals for the 2018-19 sea­son to 258,000 tonnes.

“With the dry fin­ish to the grow­ing sea­son in South Aus­tralia, many ar­eas have started har­vest ear­lier than nor­mal,” the spokes­woman said. “Viterra is work­ing closely with grow­ers to pro­vide a ser­vice that is flex­i­ble and has the abil­ity to man­age a range of vol­umes based on grow­ers’ pro­duc­tion.”

CBH gen­eral man­ager of op­er­a­tions David Cap­per said de­lays to the start of har­vest were due to crops ma­tur­ing in­con­sis­tently across WA.

“Show­ers are fore­cast over the next few days for parts of the state, so CBH is ex­pect­ing some dis­rup­tion to de­liv­er­ies in some parts of the re­gions.”

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GrainCorp net­work to­tal as of Mon­day was 260,300 tonnes of grain, down 74 per cent on last year’s 1.12 mil­lion tonnes.

PHOTO: JANE GRANT MCCOLL

DE­LIV­ERY DE­CLINE: Grain de­liv­er­ies to NSW re­ceiver sites have dropped a whop­ping 94 per cent on last sea­son.

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