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    Brett Wheaton harvesting near Nhill.

Record-breaking harvest results at Nhill

By Dylan De Jong

Wimmera-Mallee farmers are primed to finish 2020 on a high note, with harvest warming up to contribute to a fifth consecutive year of ‘above average’ grain receivals. 

Major grain receival and storage company GrainCorp has reported high receivals at sites across the region, with one site breaking a daily record. 

Area manager Gerard Bibby said sites at Murtoa and Nhill performed particularly well this harvest. 

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“Each site has already received well over 150,000 tonnes and each site also hit a daily receival rate of more than 12,000 tonnes in one day, which is a record for Nhill,” he said. 

Mr Bibby said despite some slight weather delays, growers across the Wimmera were ‘overwhelmingly’ positive.

“The Wimmera has had a very strong season so far, having just clocked more than 500,000 tonne – wheat, canola and barley yields have all been above average,” he said.

“For many farmers, this is their fifth year in a row of having a strong winter crop.” 

GrainCorp’s southern Mallee sites at Beulah, Charlton, Donald, Hopetoun, Jeparit, Rainbow, Warracknabeal and Wycheproof have received a combined 560,000 tonnes, with Warracknabeal receiving the most at more than 120,000 tonnes.

GrainCorp leaders expected total grain receivals could possibly exceed last year’s harvest results in Victoria.

Farmers across Victoria contributed to more than 2,782,340 tonnes of grain received at GrainCorp’s site during the 2019-20 harvest. 

The entire December 23, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire December 23, 2020 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!