Record run in SA grain deliveries continues

Just under 300,000 tonnes of grain was received into Viterra’s South Australian network in a recent two-week period, taking total receivals for the season to more than 5.73 million tonnes.

Viterra Eastern Region Operations Manager, Jo Klitscher, said the Frances site located around 300km south-east of Adelaide had been particularly busy.

“The majority of our sites are slowing down, however Frances is picking up and is currently our busiest site,” said Klitscher.

Frances became Viterra’s seventh site to break its daily receival record this harvest, with 4,106t delivered on 29 December.

The site beat its previous record set during the bumper 2016-17 harvest, when 3,456t was delivered in a day.

Klitscher said the bunkers at the site had been expanded ready for this year’s harvest.

“We installed new concrete walled bunkers at Frances which are double the capacity of the previous bunkers,” she said.

“This investment was made to ensure the site was suitably equipped to receive the larger yields this year, with our close work with growers determining that the area was expecting an above-average crop.”

Viterra Western Region Operations Manager, Nick Pratt, said receivals in the region had slowed as the harvest wrapped up, while Viterra Central Region Operations Manager, Jack Tansley, said up to 12 sites were open over the past two weeks, with volumes reducing leading up to Christmas and then further reducing between Christmas and the New Year.

“The majority of the receivals were into Port Giles, Gladstone, Roseworthy and Saddleworth,” said Tansley.

“Sites are beginning to close to grower receivals as we prepare stocks for our rail and shipping program.”

Viterra Operations Manager, Michael Hill, said as harvest draws to an end, the business has opened its annual post-harvest survey to gain valuable feedback from its customers.

“This year we have introduced a shorter survey for carrier customers to complete as well,” he said.

“The survey is an important tool we use to ensure we continuously improve and provide a valuable and efficient service to our customers.”

Viterra broke a record at its Tailem Bend Facility last year.

In other news, the CBH Group reported on its financial and operational performance for the year ended 30 September 2020.