Slow start to harvest after rains
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.