VITERRA’S Thevenard site received its first load of new season grain on Monday, signalling the start of harvest in the area.
The maiden load into Thevenard for the season was a load of barley, delivered by Penong grower Sam Shippard.
The first load of new season wheat was also delivered yesterday by Brian Woollatt, truck driver for Ceduna Bulk Transport, on behalf of grower Peter Meier.
James Murray, Western region operations manager said harvest had started later this year for most growers.
“A few growers have started to harvest, but the cooler weather conditions have generally delayed the start of harvest in the area,” he said.
“Importantly, our sites are ready to go when growers are able to start.
“An extra 15,000 tonnes of storage capacity was added to Thevenard in preparation for a large crop.
“New season grain exports are expected to start soon after harvest begins, with export capacity at Thevenard allocated through long term agreements for the first time this year.
“Long term agreements benefit growers with multiple buyers competing to buy their grain.
“There are more than 30 buyers within Viterra’s storage and handling system, competing to buy grain directly from growers.”