YORKE Peninsula’s three Viterra sites have brought in the state’s largest grain receival hauls for season 2017/18.
Viterra Wallaroo received 476,000 tonnes to top South Australia. Port Giles was second in the state with 457,000 and Ardrossan third with 361,000 tonnes.
Viterra central region operations manager Jack Tansley said the strong finish helped YP farmers achieve above-average yields, particularly in southern YP.
“Crops around the Port Giles area in particular performed a lot better than other areas and finished off well, which was a great surprise for growers down there,” Mr Tansley said.
“Port Giles’ total wasn’t far off last year’s record, quite an achievement given the below-average result for the rest of the state.
“Ardrossan’s lentil crop was also bigger than expected and Wallaroo continues to be our busiest receival site.” Viterra’s total receivals for 2017/18 have reached 5.6 million tonnes.
Mr Tansley said while this number is down on last season’s record harvest, it was a fantastic result given the challenging season with ongoing weather events.
“We extended opening hours as much as possible this year, particularly in the lead-up to weather events,” he said.
“All our teams worked hard to keep trucks moving and Port Giles and Ardrossan broke new daily receival records.
“A 40-metre long road train weighbridge was also installed at Port Giles to improve delivery efficiencies.
“We thank all our grower customers for their support this harvest.” Viterra has also released its annual post-harvest survey, allowing growers to provide feedback about this season’s harvest operations.
“We encourage growers to share their views about our harvest operations, customer service and communication,” Mr Tansley said.
The survey can be accessed at www.viterra.com.au/index.php/ post-harvest-survey/, and will be open until Sunday, February 18.
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