Weather delays WA harvest

26 Nov, 2008 10:02 AM
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Katanning receival point officer Aman Krupp (left), Kel Vann, who is in charge of the site, and grain samplers Jacinta Robinson, Sophie Levitske and Tara Simpson take things easy while they wait for harvest 2008 to crank up.
Katanning receival point officer Aman Krupp (left), Kel Vann, who is in charge of the site, and grain samplers Jacinta Robinson, Sophie Levitske and Tara Simpson take things easy while they wait for harvest 2008 to crank up.

ONGOING rain delays have continued to frustrate grain growers and other sections of the industry across WA as the 2008 harvest limps along.

CBH grain operations manager Colin Tutt said as of Monday, 2.8 million tonnes of grain had been placed in storage when there should be more than 5mt.

He said the lack of dry weather was also causing serious crop deterioration and was stripping a lot of value from the harvest.

The damp conditions caused the biggest disruptions in the Albany and Esperance zones.

This time last year, Esperance growers had delivered 1.3mt after an early start, but 12 months later growers had delivered 110,000t.

In contrast, the total received in WA on November 26 last year was 4.3mt, compared to 2.8mt last Monday.

Mr Tutt said flooding last week in the Albany zone had caused the city's port to close down for 30 hours.

Railways have also been washed away and closed for maintenance.

The slow start to harvest was expected to get worse this week with more rain forecast.

It is expected to rain for most of the week in Esperance.

Mr Tutt said growers were becoming frustrated by the delays but were "hanging in there".

He said the problem was widespread and particularly poor in Kojonup and some smaller parts of the central Wheatbelt, where the rain fall had ranged from 180mm in some parts, to 10mm in others.

Despite the poor conditions, CBH has maintained is overall harvest estimate for WA at 10mt-12mt.

Full story in this week's Farm Weekly.

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