Higher yields filling segregations faster this harvest
Despite rain and cool weather causing a frustrating start to harvest, this year’s expected record crop is so far delivering good yields, with the tonnes continuing to quickly roll in.
CBH is finding that grain quality is generally good across the state, with higher than expected yields reported in most areas.
Acting Chief Operating Officer Mick Daw said while its great news, it was starting to place pressure on some sites and services across the network.
“Compared to the average harvest size over the past five years, this year we’re expecting to receive about 30 per cent more grain, or 5 million tonnes,” Mick said.
“This significant increase will naturally make some challenges more pronounced in some areas.”
As communicated at pre-harvest meetings, given the significant size of this year’s crop, more sites and services will fill and close earlier this year if we can’t keep them open with essential harvest outloading.
This is starting to occur at various sites across the network.
“We acknowledge that this may be frustrating for growers, however we have plans in place to be able to respond to the task," Mick said.
“While segregations and services will generally close at our smaller sites, options will remain open at larger sites or sites where we have built additional emergency storage.
"This year, we have already built 1.5 million tonnes of emergency storage out of the 2 million tonnes planned. We are currently adding further emergency storage to this capacity.
“We are also continuing to seek further harvest essential transport resources to keep sites going.”
This year, harvest estimates were crucial for planning harvest essential transport.
“In areas where there was a low percentage of estimates received, this issue is exacerbated as harvest essential moves were not planned, now putting further pressure on trucking and rail resources,” Mick said.
“As harvest progresses, CBH will monitor the sites and inform growers through the CDF app if deliveries are likely to be re-directed.”