WA grain harvest reaches 9.5 million tonnes and on target for a total harvest of 14 million tonnes


Western Australian grain growers took advantage of the good weather conditions during the month of November and have delivered a total of 9.5 million tonnes of grain to CBH's receival sites around the Wheatbelt.

The state's main grain handler expects the state to exceed the average harvest of 11.2 million tonnes and is on track to reach between 13 and 14 million tonnes at the end of harvest.

The season has produced some surprising canola and barley yields which means WA's total grain harvest could exceed the 14 million tonne mark.

CBH's general manager of operations, David Capper, said the yields for barley and canola were patchy across the state as a result of a series of frost events, but overall the yield had been very good.

"Most growers that we speak to have been pleased with their barley and canola yields," Mr Capper said.

"Certainly some areas have been exceptional — particularly in the Geraldton and Kwinana zones we've had exceptional canola yields.

"We've had 17 sites break their daily receival records receiving barley and canola, which is really unusual," he said.

"Normally those sort of records would only be reached in wheat deliveries, but because the canola and barley yields have been so good they've been reached.

"But certainly it's not a blanket thing. Tthere are certain areas that have been hit really hard with the frost," Mr Capper said.


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