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Weekly harvest report

Week ending Sunday 31 October 2021 report

  25 - 31 October 2021 Total 2021/22 harvest**
Viterra total receivals* 40,856 tonnes 43,501 tonnes
Western region receivals 24,295 tonnes 25,318 tonnes
Central region receivals 15,959 tonnes 17,392 tonnes
Eastern region receivals*** 602 tonnes 791 tonnes

Growers delivered over 40,000 tonnes into the Viterra network last week.

Viterra Operations Manager Michael Hill says sites are ready to go when harvest ramps up. 

"There have been some delays for growers following the weather conditions which included rain and hail in some areas, but deliveries into Viterra sites are gradually picking up," Michael says.

"Growers have delivered lentils, peas and barley, and now we're starting to see some wheat and canola coming in as well."

15 Viterra sites across the network welcomed growers and their first loads of new season grain.

"We are very well-positioned to manage the harvest as we work closely with growers year around to make sure we have services at our sites that match their needs."

Michael says the recruitment of 1500 seasonal workers has also tracked well. 

"Harvest employees play a critical role across our sites to help get growers' grain into storage," Michael says.

"Our main focus now is ensuring that we are working hard to deliver a valuable and efficient service to our grower customers as they deliver into our sites during one of their busiest times of year."

Viterra Operations Manager for the Western region Nick Pratt says some northern Eyre Peninsula sites such as Thevenard, Wudinna, Arno Bay and Kimba are starting to see a slight increase in deliveries.

In the Central region, there are nine sites open and receiving loads of barley, peas and lentils from local growers. 

Viterra Operations Manager for the Central region Jack Tansley says several sites received their first loads, mainly around the mid and far north sites in the Central region.

"The harvest is starting slowly due to the varying weather conditions. We'll make sure that we're in contact with growers so that we have opening hours in place to meet their needs when they're ready to deliver," Jack says.

"As deliveries into Port Pirie have come in, we've also received positive feedback from local growers who are pleased with the improved site operations, particularly the weighbridge at the township site.

"We reopened the weighbridge as a direct result of grower feedback which will help reduce turnaround times for growers."

Viterra Operations Manager for the Eastern region Jo Klitscher says that final grower meetings in the region have now wrapped up. 

"Our grower meetings went well, and it was great to see the amount of interest from attendees on our new digital delivery advice which growers can use in place of the hard copy book for all their deliveries," Jo says. 

* This data is subject to variation due to individual site operations and the timing of reports.
** The total 2021/22 data includes grain received into Viterra’s storage and handling network since 6 October 2021.
*** Eastern region data includes Inner Harbour and Victorian sites.

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