Bordertown grain site’s new record

Viterra’s Bordertown site has broken its own receival record just a year after recording its previous best.

The Bordertown site this year took on 37,700 tonnes of wheat, canola and faba beans from growers all over the region in what can only be described as a challenging harvest for the region.

This year’s record beat the previous season record set last year 2016/17, which was also a record year across the state.

As harvest comes to a close, Viterra’s total receivals for 2017/18 reached 5.6 million tonnes which is down on last year’s 8.55 million tonnes of grain delivered.

This can be put down to the ongoing weather events across the entire state.

Jo Klitscher, Viterra’s operations manager for the eastern region, was thrilled with the results despite the trying conditions.

“This is an exceptional effort by employees, growers and carriers in what has been a challenging harvest with ongoing weather events,” Ms Klitscher said.

“We had quite a lot of beans coming into Bordertown this year with acreage up in the region and growers achieving good yields.

The Bordertown site also received a gearbox upgrade to the main bean block prior to harvest which helped increase elevation and improve turnaround times for growers.

“Our aim is to get growers and carriers in and out of our sites as quickly as possible and we wish to thank all our grower customers for their support this harvest,” said Ms Klitscher.

As harvest has now come to a close, Viterra has released its annual post harvest survey to seek feedback from growers on harvest operations.

Viterra conducts the survey after each harvest to seek growers’ views about their operations, customer service and communication.

“We encourage growers to share their views about our harvest operations, customer service and communication. The feedback is important to help us improve our services for future harvests,” Ms Klitscher said.

Growers can visit the Viterra website to access the survey, which will remain open until February 18.