Sunday 11th Apr, 2021

Massive grain harvest breaks CBH records


More than 16.4 million tonnes of grain have been received across Western Australian grain cooperative CBH’s network during the 2018-19 season, breaking records.

Records were broken across multiple receival sites, including the Kwinana Zone with a total of eight million tonnes delivered, more than half a million tonnes over the previous record set in 2013-14.

The harvest was the second biggest harvest on BGH’s records, with 25 sites breaking seasonal receival records and 17 sites across the Kwinana Zone breaking one day receival records.

Esperance Grain Terminal (including Chadwick) received the most grain within its zone, seeing 1.15 million tonnes of grain delivered.

Mingenew received the most grain within the Geraldton Zone with 575,700 tonnes delivered. Additionally, Merredin received the most grain within the Kwinana Zone, with more than 444,300 tonnes delivered and Cranbrook received 340,500 tonnes.

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CBH General Manager Operations David Capper said the season exceeded expectations.

“While we were anticipating a larger than average harvest, the final result was more than we expected and a great outcome for growers and CBH,” he said.

“This is a particularly pleasing result as we introduced a number of changes to delivery processes this season, including the implementation of the new CDF mobile delivery app for growers and transporters.

“The CDF app, coupled with the extensive site throughput enhancements made prior to harvest and dedicated work from the CBH teams have all contributed to improving our efficiency at site, which is a core focus for CBH Operations” Capper said.

Capper said CBH is now focused on moving grain from upcountry sites to port to meet the requirements of a demanding shipping program for the start of the year.

“Taking in such a large crop is not without its challenges, so I want to thank growers and transporters for their continued support, and the CBH team for working safely and efficiently to resolve issues.”