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Quality optimise your wheat

Quality Optimisation (QO) is an online system within LoadNet that provides more flexibility and control over your wheat quality by allowing you to virtually blend loads of wheat after delivery.

Not all wheat is optimisable, and there are limits in place to protect the value and reputation of Western Australian wheat internationally. Quality Optimisation opens at the start of harvest and generally closes in mid-January.

  • Eligible loads

    To be eligible for optimisation, wheat loads must:

    • Have been grown in the current season
    • Meet and satisfy the receival standards in the applicable shipping port zone
    • Have a screenings result equal to or less than 10%
    • Have a falling number equal to or greater than 300 seconds
    • Not have been optimised previously, whether in full or partially
    • Not have been sold or transferred or outturned, whether in full or partially
  • Optimisation rules

    To help CBH manage the risk of Quality Optimisation across the network, the following rules apply:

    • All loads in a Lot must be from the same zone
    • All loads in a Lot must be from one grower (deliverer) entity or share farm
    • Loads must be optimised prior to the zone-based deadlines
    • An optimisation cannot be reversed once any part of a load in an optimised Lot is sold or transferred
    • All optimised loads will be physically transported through the CBH system
    • An optimised load cannot be used as part of a Grower Outturn Request
    • An optimised load cannot be sold using CBH Site Select.

    Please read these documents for the full set of terms associated with Quality Optimisation.

  • Optimisation limits

    To protect the outturn quality and integrity of your wheat internationally, the following limits will be applied:

    • The highest grade on site at the time of delivery is the highest grade a load can achieve, if optimised. This is referred to as the ‘Service Cap’ in the Optimiser
    • Mixed variety loads will default to the variety with the lowest class
    • A load must be optimised within a class, except Hard varieties which can be optimised to APW.
    • Grades can only be optimised where the load meets minimum protein: H2 min 10.5%, APW1 min 9.5%, ASW9 min 8.8% and ANW1 min 8.5% and max 12.5%
    • An optimised Lot must meet the Optimised Lot Standards (max 3.5% screenings, min 76 hectolitre weight and max three distorted kernels)
    • Optimised Lots can be created with whole loads or part loads
    • For grades H2, APW1 and ASW9, Optimised Lot Standards for protein are min. 11.7% (H2), min. 10.7% (APW1) and min. 9.2% (ASW9)
    • H1, APWN, APW2, AUH, AUP1, AUS9 and AUH2 are not achievable via optimisation, which means you can only optimise out of these grades and not into them
    • The maximum number of splits allowable per grower is one third of loads delivered
    • Loads given a load and store grade of AWWT can be optimised to ASW1, AGP1 & FED1 depending on the quality of the load, to allow growers the option of opting out of the trial grade AWWT. Note the optimisation limits for AWWT being optimised to ASW1, AGP1 or FED1 are as per the receival standards for each of these grades.
    • Loads given a load grade of AWWT but a store grade of ASW9 or better can be optimised as per standard QO rules.

LoadNet Optimiser

LoadNet Optimiser allows growers to virtually blend their wheat manually or automatically.

With the manual option, you can drag and drop individual loads into a ‘Lot’ within the LoadNet Optimiser, which will calculate the effect of blending these loads together, until you achieve an outcome on value or quality with which you are satisfied. The automatic option will create scenarios for the loads that you select based on either grain quality or dollar value. It calculates how many Lots and the combination of loads in each Lot. Once you have optimised your wheat, it will be available as a Lot for you to sell to an acquirer.

Once you have sold or transferred the Lot, whether in full or partially, you cannot reverse the optimisation.