Harvest begins in Great Southern
Harvest has kicked off in the Great Southern and the CBH Albany Zone received its first loads for the season recently.
The first deliveries for the 201819 season were a 40-tonne load of canola to 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.
Albany Zone manager Greg Thornton said people across the zone were 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. The latest Grain Institute of WA harvest estimate predicts 3.085 million tonnes would be delivered in the Albany area this season.
The Grain Industry of Western Australia has released an estimated tonnage of 3.085 million tonnes for harvest in the Albany zone.
Updated at the start of October, the estimate has increased by almost 250,000 tonnes since the September forecast, despite the total WA estimate decreasing by more than 2 million tonnes since the prior forecast.
In the latest crop report, Albany port is estimated to receive 1.4 million tonnes of wheat, 950,000 tonnes of barley, 450,000 tonnes of canola, 230,000 tonnes of oats and 55,000 tonnes of lupins.
The Statewide estimate for the upcoming harvest is tipped to reach 14.24 million tonnes.
For the 2017-18 harvest, Albany received more than 3.2 million tonnes of grain in a Statewide total of 13.1 million tonnes of grain.
The report says western Albany has benefited the most out of all areas from the near-ideal growing conditions in June and July which enabled crops to tolerate waterlogging come August rainfall.
Barley and wheat crops are also expected to have above-average grain yield potential in this area.
For southern Albany, the report details yields dropping for farms further west and north of the Stirling Range because of below-average rainfall.
Eastern Albany, also known as the Lakes Zone, differs greatly, depending on rainfall.
The northern area is tipped for average yield, while the southern regions have had well below-average rainfall.