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Harvest wraps up early for WA grain growers

Tara de Landgrafft and Olivia Garnett, Wednesday November 27, 2013 - 18:04 EDT
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Jake, Clara and Oskar Graham from Wittenoom Hills, 70 km north-east of Esperance, celebrate harvest finishing early. - ABC
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For the first time in history, West Australian farmers are set to deliver ten million tonnes of grain before the end of November. - ABC

Grain growers in Western Australia are finishing their harvest in record time this season.

A run of fine weather has meant many producers are putting headers back in sheds before summer has even begun.

Wittenoom Hills farmer Jake Graham says he's had great weather all season and record yields to top it all off.

"Yeah, four and a half, four and a half tonne around that mark is pretty damn good," he said.

"Yeah, header will be back in the shed and cleaning up and yeah, I guess it won't be long and the next rain it will be back on the sprayer, but pretty happy for the November finish, for sure."

As for what he's going to do with his time now, "I wouldn't mind going to the beach."

"And we've only got through the first test of the Ashes, pretty happy about that. We've got a bit of time to maybe sneak in and watch a bit more."

The state's main grain handler the CBH Group expects a total of ten million tonnes to be delivered by the end of November, a huge jump from the previous record at this time of 6.4 million tonnes.

Manager of Operations David Capper says some bins have had be temporarily shut down, across Albany, Esperance and Kwinana zones, because of the huge volumes.

"The harvest has been outstanding to date, the sites have been breaking records right across the state in terms of receival speed.

"Unfortunately transport to port and also getting ships into port have effectively been delayed because the harvest is so early.

The daily receival record was broken again yesterday, hitting 500 00 tonnes in a single day.

"It works out to be about 15 000 tonnes every 20 minutes so an incredible achievement yesterday."


- ABC

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