First grain received

FIRST IN: Viterra Operator Peter Couper with Dean Gillett delivering the first load into Tumby Bay on behalf of Tristan Baldock.
FIRST IN: Viterra Operator Peter Couper with Dean Gillett delivering the first load into Tumby Bay on behalf of Tristan Baldock.

Harvest is officially underway for the 2019/20 season with silos at Tumby Bay, Thevenard and Kimba receiving their first loads on Friday.

Tristan Baldock of Buckleboo delivered a load of Spartacus barley to Viterra in Tumby Bay to kick off the season, also delivering the first load to Kimba's site.

"I'm hopeful by the weekend we can start reaping peas and lentils and sometime next week plan to get started on the wheat," he said.

"Buckleboo is our main delivery site but with below average yields this year we have the time to deliver further down the line so we'll likely utilise Rudall, Kimba, Arno Bay and Tumby Bay as it works out better for us if we cart the grain further."

Wudinna also received it's first load Monday with a delivery of Spartacus barley from grower Jeff Bigg.

He said he is growing barley, wheat and peas at his property with wheat a couple of weeks away from harvest.

"The first delivery into Viterra's site went smoothly and I'm pleased with the quality of the first couple of barley loads, they had good test weight and low screenings," he said.

Viterra operations manager for the western region Nick Pratt said he expects deliveries to increase later this week and the next following some warmer weather.

"Importantly, all of our sites on the Eyre Peninsula are well prepared and ready to go when growers start harvesting," he said.

Viterra operations manager Michael Hill said in the lead up to harvest they have been working closely with growers to ensure they provide a valuable and efficient service.

"This harvest we have added barley dynamic binning following feedback from growers and the success of wheat dynamic binning last year which delivered approximately $6 million in value to growers," he said.

"We have also gained efficiencies in grain transportation and passed these on to growers through our Export Select rates which at most of our major sites have decreased, or stayed the same compared to the 2018/19 rates.

"Our main focus is to operate an efficient, cost effective and sustainable supply chain, and we will work with growers during the harvest to continue doing so."

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