Tuesday 20th Nov, 2018

WA grain growers deliver largest harvest

WESTERN Australian growers are reported to have delivered the largest harvest in history, eclipsing the 15.86m tonne haul from 2013-14 season.

CBH Group general manager operations David Capper said the record-breaking season had been something of a rollercoaster.

“With exceptional rainfall and growing conditions during the season, crops were set up to be some of the best many growers had experienced in their farming careers,” Mr Capper said.

“Optimism for a record crop was dashed with frosts in August and September causing significant crop damage for many regions.

“This presented the industry a real challenge in trying to understand the expected size of the crop.”

Mr Capper said it was fantastic to see yields surpassing expectations in non-frost affected areas.

“We appreciate this has been a tough year for growers and are grateful for their patience,” he said.

“There have been sites which have filled early and the additional segregations, particularly in coarse grains, have placed extra pressure on our sites. I personally really appreciate the way growers have worked patiently with CBH and the teams on the ground.”

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