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Harvest delays in the south

Harvest in the north and east of the Albany zone is wrapping up but many southern growers have been delayed by rain and will not finish until after Christmas.

The December Grain Institute of WA crop production estimates the Albany zone will produce 3,381,000 tonnes, which includes grain not delivered to CBH and stored on farms.

CBH Albany zone manager Greg Thornton said that to date the Albany zone had received just over 2 million tonnes. “As a comparison to last year, the zone had received 3.2 million tonnes,” he said.

“In the north and east of the zone many growers are starting to finish their harvest, compared to the south which we estimate is about 75 per cent completed.”

The difference between these areas is mainly attributed to the weather delays experienced this harvest.”

The GIWA December report also noted crops in western Albany zone were performing better than was expected a month ago.

Eastern Albany zone performed as expected with yields generally below average.

Southern Albany had had surprisingly good yields, despite many paddocks which were sown late, sandblasted and suffered frost.

Mr Thornton said that quality so far had been good, with 50 per cent of the million tonnes of barley received making malt grades.

“For wheat, the protein overall has been above earlier expectations although there is evidence of lower falling numbers and some downgrading as a result of rain during the harvest period,” he said.

“Shipping for December remains strong and we will switch our accumulation at country sites from barley to wheat in the coming week.”

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