Receival records broken

29 Nov, 2013 01:00 AM
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ENJOYING his first harvest since returing to the family farm, Jarrad West, West Kulin, chose one of the better years to return. It was the first year the Wests had put in Stingray canola and considering the dry start to the year, receiving just 13mm for April and May, the canola oil content had averaged more than 47 per cent.
Receivals last Thursday saw it record more grain than any other day in its history - 487,017t
ENJOYING his first harvest since returing to the family farm, Jarrad West, West Kulin, chose one of the better years to return. It was the first year the Wests had put in Stingray canola and considering the dry start to the year, receiving just

WHILE this year's harvest won't reach the 15 million-plus tonnes record set during the 2011-12 season, CBH continues to set receival records.

And touch-wood, with a run of hot weather this week, more records could be broken.

According to the co-operative, receivals last Thursday saw it record more grain than any other day in the history of the business - 487,017t in one day at sites throughout the State.

WA is on target to reach more than 13mt this harvest.

CBH Group general manager of operations David Capper said last Thursday's effort was an impressive number.

"It's great to see so many growers getting their crops in," Mr Capper said.

"Everything is looking very good at this stage and the total receivals have reached more than seven million tonnes.

"It has been a very fast few weeks and growers have been patient with their deliveries.

"Most people understand that these are unprecedented amounts of grain coming in and CBH staff are working really hard to make sure it's being received as fast as possible."

p Geraldton zone

Geraldton saw another very productive week with 391,169t delivered throughout the zone.

Most of the deliveries were wheat but there were some lupins delivered from growers who had finished their wheat programs.

Geraldton zone manager Duncan Gray said the zone was getting close to 1.5mt received.

"We're not far off our estimate of 1.8mt now," he said.

"Over the next week a large majority of growers will finish their programs, especially in the northern part of the zone, where many sites will soon close."

Over the next week, it is likely sites at Binnu, Yuna, Mullewa, Canna and Morawa will close as tonnages start to drop off.

p Esperance zone

The Esperance zone had another good week, taking just short of 500,000t and bringing the total deliveries to more than 1.56mt.

Esperance zone manager Mick Daw said some damp weather early last week slowed deliveries, but the zone still received good tonnages.

"Growers are now well into their wheat crops and continue to experience excellent yields," he said.

"We should start to see deliveries slow at some sites over the next few days as growers finish their harvest programs and begin delivering the grain stored on-farm."

Some additional space at port will be created as a second vessel for the season is loaded.

Harvest in the Esperance zone should finish within two weeks if the weather permits.

p Kwinana zone

The Kwinana zone had another very good week with 1,247,690 tonnes received throughout the zone.

This pushed the total deliveries to more than three million tonnes.

Kwinana zone manager Brett Jeffrey said the great harvesting weather saw daily records broken at nine individual sites last week, with the zone achieving its highest daily tonnage of 235,000 on Thursday.

"Growers in the north and east of the Kwinana zone are well into their wheat programs, with some expected to finish up in the next seven days," he said.

"Some yields in the north of the zone have been slightly less than expected, while growers in the central areas are achieving good yields."

Storms slowed progress last weekend.

p Albany zone

The Albany zone had a very good week of receivals despite some light rain throughout the southern parts early last week.

Albany zone manager Greg Thornton said the grain received was predominately barley and canola.

"Wheat receivals are just starting now and are increasing throughout the zone," he said.

"Yields for all grains are very good and exceeding our estimate.

This will place pressure on our storage but we have a Feed barley and a canola vessel scheduled to load at Albany and this will create some space at the port."

Most WA grain growers are upbeat about harvest results.

At Narrogin, Ashley Wiese said canola yields were more than 50 per cent above expectations with oil content "massive".

"Typical average yields are between 1.9t/ha and 2t/ha and oil is between 40 and 50 per cent," he said.

"Some TT varieties far exceeded people's expectations.

"The downside is a septoria issue throughout the district.

"I've never come across it before and it seems to be throughout Narrogin and Williams."

At Canna, local farmer Richard Sasse was in a grin-and-bear mood.

"It has been one of those years we would have preferred not to have," he said.

"We're averaging about a tonne a hectare and quality is okay so that's something," he said.

"We're two thirds of the way through and I'm looking forward to a holiday break.

"You've just got to take these years and move on."

He would gain an empathetic nod from many of his Eastern States counterparts.

The gloss has been taken off their harvest through a combination of frost and the tight finish.

Throughout the east coast there are widespread reports of yields slightly below visual assessment.

And while the dry in the northern cropping belt and the frost through New South Wales' South West Slopes and Victoria's north-east was already factored in, analysts are discovering slight yield penalties elsewhere.

GeoCommodities director Brad Knight said there were patches of frost throughout the eastern Wimmera that would impact on tonnages.

"Generally speaking, we're not talking wipeouts, but there will be a slight downturn in yields," he said.

Grain Producers Australian chairman Andrew Weidemann, based at Rupanyup in the Wimmera, agreed, and said while there would still be a lot of tonnes produced in his area, there would be a noticeable loss in production from frost.

"I've had to cut 120ha of wheat for hay and there will be losses in many areas," he said.

In South Australia, Grain Producers South Australia chief executive Darren Arney said the situation was a classic glass half full scenario.

"On one hand, most growers will say the yields don't reflect the stubbles, but on the other hand, we're still on track for a big, big year," he said.

"The tight finish has hurt yields and in some cases quality, but there's still plenty of grain coming off."

In terms of grains markets, the world market has largely been flat over the last week.

ProFarmer senior analyst Nathan Cattle said there would be a couple of key factors emerging within Australia that could influence prices.

Firstly, he said the large harvest in WA may mean farmers had more grain to market post-harvest.

"The pleasant surprise in terms of yields may mean what they thought was a 50 per cent sold position may only end up being 35pc sold," he said.

"This grain isn't hitting the market yet, indicating the focus is firmly on getting the crop off, but it will be interesting to see what happens when that grain hits the market."

He said the red-hot demand from Queensland and northern NSW end-users had created a strong regional basis, which was pushing would-be exporters away.

"Quotes are already around $30 a tonne higher out of Queensland and the Newcastle port zone than in southern areas and that means the most competitive grain for export will come from southern areas and WA.

"The market was also keeping a close eye on how much sorghum was planted in northern areas.

"The pricing signals are there for farmers to have a go at a summer crop and there have been some pockets of monsoon rain but it isn't widespread yet."

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