Slow start to har­vest af­ter rains

Great Southern Herald - - News - Shan­non Smith

Har­vest for the Al­bany zone has had a slow start with less than half the ton­nage re­ceived com­pared with the same time last year.

Wet weather has made mois­ture in crops too high to har­vest, with just over 600,000 tonnes re­ceived so far. This time last year the zone had re­ceived 1.3 mil­lion tonnes.

CBH Al­bany zone man­ager Greg Thorn­ton said re­ceivals this year were mainly bar­ley with some canola, and small loads of wheat start­ing to ap­pear in the north of the zone.

“Even though we have had small ton­nages re­ceived, qual­ity con­tin­ues to be good with 45 per cent of bar­ley mak­ing malt grades,” he said. “The im­pact of re­cent rain on wheat qual­ity is un­known at this stage but we will be­gin stack mon­i­tor­ing to gauge qual­ity as wheat re­ceivals in­crease in the com­ing weeks.

“Given the de­layed start to har­vest, we will be ac­cu­mu­lat­ing grain by both rail and road trans­port over the next few weeks from coun­try re­ceival points to meet ship­ping de­mands.”

In the lat­est Grain In­sti­tute of WA crop re­port the Al­bany zone was pre­dicted to have a to­tal of 3,336,000 tonnes this sea­son.

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