Harvest season progressing well

With the Far West region's harvest period well underway, Viterra's first vessel is departing from Thevenard this weekend.

Viterra sites across the region have been receiving grain for the past month, with 414,615 tonnes delivered to silos across the Western region up to November 10, with 344,609 tonnes delivered since October 28.

Western region operations manager Nick Pratt said the Thevenard site had received deliveries from about 100 different growers, from around Ceduna and out to Penong, across to Poochera and towards Port Kenny and Streaky Bay.

The first to make a delivery was Nundroo's Peter Stott.

Mr Pratt said the Thevenard site was in its "peak time" with about 75 per cent of the expected loads delivered.

"Harvest has gone well, it has run smoothly and there have been good quality results in barley and wheat," he said.

"Grower sentiment has been positive and it has gone well given the conditions.

"This year's receivals are a bit under the five-year average, but similar to last year."

Mr Pratt said new products released this year such as barley dynamic binning, in addition to last year's introduction of wheat dynamic binning, had been met with a positive reaction.

With the Thevenard site on the home stretch for receivals Mr Pratt said they estimated the overall quantity would be similar to last year, but he was impressed with the quality from this year's crops.

With growers around the Ceduna and Penong regions finishing up their final loads, Viterra is expecting a greater number of growers from towards the Streaky Bay region to be utilising the Thevenard site.

The company is now in the process of sorting its vessels from the site, with the first vessel leaving from the Port of Thevenard over the weekend.

Viterra ships both domestically and internationally to a number of countries.

Mr Pratt said as harvest in the upper Eyre Peninsula region began to slow down, sites across lower Eyre Peninsula would be gaining in receivals.

Viterra's operations manager Michael Hill said the statewide picture was encouraging, and while yields were down a little the quality was impressive.

He said a "run of nice weather" would assist growers.