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Harvest Report - 11 December

12/12/2023

With the harvest pace continuing to slow, the CBH Group received an additional 1.2 million tonnes over the past week, bringing the overall tally to 11.7 million tonnes. 

The Albany and Kwinana South zones contributed the vast majority of tonnes to the weekly total, receiving 509,000 and 385,000 tonnes respectively.

Harvest is almost over in the Esperance, Kwinana North and Geraldton zones, with deliveries now trickling into the system.

Chief Operations Officer Mick Daw said with receivals noticeably declining in every zone, CBH is preparing for the end of harvest. 

"With most growers still on track to wrap up harvest before Christmas, we have started closing sites and reducing operating hours across the network," Mr Daw said.

"On Christmas Eve, the small number of remaining sites that we expect to still be open will close for grower receivals at 12 noon and reopen Wednesday 27 December as per normal.  

"For the New Year period, the remaining open sites will close for grower receivals on Sunday 31 December (New Years Eve) and reopen Tuesday 2 January as per normal. 

"I encourage growers to please continue to look for messages on the CDF app to confirm opening hours for their local sites.

"On behalf of CBH, I want to say a big thank you to growers, transporters, contractors and regional communities for their support over the past year and wish them a safe and happy Christmas and New Year."

Receival Statistics

 Table of Harvest receivals for the period 4 - 10 December

 Zone Summaries

Albany Zone  

  • The Albany zone has received more than 2.8 million tonnes with 509,000 tonnes in the last seven days.
  • The majority of grain coming in has been wheat, with barley deliveries slowing down. Canola is also dropping off, with most growers finished with this part of their harvesting programs.
  • All sites are open; however, sites will start shortening opening hours and days as tonnes start to reduce.
  • Average cycle time for the zone is good at 36.8 minutes. 

Esperance Zone

  • Harvest in the Esperance zone has tapered off, with only 145,000 tonnes delivered for the week. 
  • The bulk of the deliveries are being received within the port precinct. 
  • Wheat is still dominating the receivals, but both barley and canola are still also making their way in, although much lower in total tonnage. Field peas and lupin deliveries remain low.  
  • Average zone cycle time is around 42 minutes.  
  • Sites will begin to close over the next two weeks as the harvest ends.   

Geraldton Zone 

  • The Geraldton zone has received 1,392,000 tonnes with 18,000 tonnes coming in over the last seven days.
  • There have been no weather issues in the Geraldton zone in the past week.
  • Wheat has made up the majority of all commodities delivered this week, with most growers finished.
  • Mingenew remains open for outloading, with minimal tonnes being received.
  • Carnamah, Narngulu and Geraldton Grain Terminal are still open with reduced hours.
  • Average cycle time across the zone is 42.1 minutes.

Kwinana North Zone

  • The Kwinana North zone received 135,000 tonnes for the week, bringing the year-to-date total to 2.2 million tonnes.
  • Receivals have reached 91% of the 2.4 million tonne estimate, however they are expected to fall about 100,000 tonnes short of this estimate.
  • All deliveries are now wheat.
  • Average cycle time for the zone remains good at 36 minutes.
  • Most sites across the zone will be closed within the next seven days.

Kwinana South Zone

  • There was a slight decrease in tonnes received this week compared to last week in the Kwinana South zone, as harvest starts to slow down across the zone.
  • Though fairly low, oat receivals remained consistent. Receivals of canola and lupins were minimal but did still come in during the week.
  • The amount of barley being received is dropping, while wheat is still coming in steadily.
  • Average zone cycle time for the season is 36.8 minutes, with this week's average zone cycle time coming in at 32.9 minutes.


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