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CBH optimistic following strong start to season

Olivia Garnett, Friday May 10, 2013 - 16:57 EST
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Colin Tutt from the CBH Group says recent rainfall has made for the best start to a season in years. - ABC

WA's main grain handler, the CBH Group, is optimistic of achieving crop levels of between 10 and 15 million tonnes for the 2013-14 harvest.

General Manager Operations for the CBH Group, Colin Tutt, says that recent rain has made for the best start across the state for several years.

"We do recognise that some areas are still a little bit dry and the rain has been a little bit patchy, but overall we're very, very pleased."

Mr Tutt said that the south coast of the state and Esperance in particular had experienced high rainfall. With the sub-soil moisture base greatly improved on last year, he suggested growers could move forward with confidence, but stressed there was still a long way to go.

"Our foundations are good, but we would like some follow-up rain," said Mr Tutt.

"We really need this crop to go above average for the growers. That's just critical that we get that volume."


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