Har­vest be­gins in Great South­ern

Great Southern Herald - - News - Shan­non Smith

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.

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