Viterra's harvest receival standards reflect industry codes of practice and are based on Grain Trade Australia (GTA) trading standards.
From time to time, Viterra will offer additional grade segregations that reflect particular customer specifications and may be for specific sites only. All receival standards and grade segregations can be found at ezigrain.com.au
Glyphosate use on barley
■ The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has approved a permit that allows the use of glyphosate on barley (except malting barley) from 2 November 2016.
The permit is restricted to two Nufarm glyphosate products (Weedmaster DST and Weedmaster Argo). Under the permit, only one application of glyphosate can be made to the crop and a seven-day withholding period applies until harvesting can commence.
Viterra has modified its receival process for barley to reflect growers' use of glyphosate while still protecting South Australia's market access.
Commodity classification transfer procedure
■ The Commodity Classification Transfer Procedure allows for a load classified at one site to be received at a second site while retaining its original classification (subject to nil tolerance contaminants or defects).
This transfer procedure applies when a commodity is presented at a site but the load is classified as a grade not being received at that site. A transfer is then given to deliver the load to an alternate site accepting that grade.
Unless otherwise advised, a commodity classification transfer also applies for port terminal deliveries where shipping grades are being accepted from upcountry sites.
NOTE: Loads being transferred do not have priority over other loads in the sampling queue.
NOTE: If a nil tolerance contaminant or defect is found in the load at any stage of the receival process, the load will be declined.
Classification dispute resolution procedure
■ The Classification Dispute Resolution Procedure is to be used when a grower or their representative disputes the classification of their load at the point of receival.
If a grower, or their representative, disputes the classification of their load, the classifier shall retest another sample drawn from the Grower Load Composite (GLC) sample. The result of this second sample will override the initial test. It is not necessary to repeat all of the quality tests, only the one which is the subject of the dispute.
If the results continue to be in dispute, the grower may elect to resubmit the load for another GLC sample to be taken and tested, and again if still in dispute a secondary sample can be drawn from this GLC sample.
If the results continue to be in dispute, the grower may elect to have the sample sent for independent analysis. Only disputes for subjective tests will be referred for independent classification.
Where a nil tolerance contaminant or defect is found, the load will be declined without further dispute settlement.
Shot or sprouted grain classification procedure
■ The Shot or Sprouted Grain Classification Procedure is to be used if the classifier finds one shot barley kernel or one sprouted wheat kernel. The load will then be assessed using a Falling Number or Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) machine and the result used to determine the grade.
A retest may be requested if the first test is within the specufic parameters outlined in the Procedure.
Canola Sample Declaration Form
■ Growers must complete the Canola Sample Declaration Form for each load of canola being delivered to a Viterra site. All information needs to be correct and complete prior to a load being delivered.
As part of the quality testing program, Viterra collects samples from all growers' loads of canola delivered to site for Genetically Modified (GM) and chemical residue testing. This is essential to ensure that canola quality meets the expectations of customers as well as state and federal legislation. These measures also assist in avoiding breaches in the use of chemicals not registered for use and that Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) are not exceeded.
As South Australia has a moratorium on GM canola, Viterra only offers non-GM segregations and will only accept varieties of canola from the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF) approved list for non-GM varieties.
Varietal identification program
Each variety has different physical quality, processing performance and end-product quality for customers and end-users.
Viterra has introduced a varietal identification program where grower load samples will be randomly selected at sites across the Viterra network and tested to ensure varietal declarations have been correctly recorded.