Big tonnages in from YP
YORKE Peninsula graingrowers achieve above-average yields this past harvest, with Viterra’s three YP sites bringing in the state’s largest receival totals.
Viterra’s Wallaroo site took 476,000 tonnes, Port Giles 457,000t and Ardrossan 361,000t.
Central region operations manager Jack Tansley said a strong finish to the season boosted the area’s crops, particularly in the southern zones.
“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 and was 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.”
As harvest comes to a close, Viterra’s total receivals for 2017/18 reached 5.6 million tonnes.
Mr Tansley said while this year’s harvest was down on last year’s record receivals, it was a 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 new 40 metre-long road train weighbridge was also installed at Port Giles to improve delivery efficiencies.”
Viterra has released its annual post harvest survey to seek feedback from growers on its harvest operations.
“We encourage growers to share their views about our harvest operations, customer service and communication,” Mr Tansley said.
“The feedback is important to help us improve our services for future harvests.”
Growers can visit the Viterra website to access the survey, which will remain open until Sunday February 18.