Viterra has released its preliminary segregation plan for the 2020/21 harvest earlier this year to help growers plan for the season ahead.
Among the changes introduced, Viterra is opening the local delivery line for all pulses at Inner Harbour to allow all growers to deliver directly into the site. The elevation capacity at Inner Harbour has also been increased with the reopening of the bunkers for receivals. The site will also provide flexible opening hours to match growers’ needs.
While at Wallaroo, Viterra is removing the local grower delivery line to allow all growers to deliver directly into the site.
In the Eastern region, a Monola segregation has been introduced at Coonalpyn and Viterra will be seeking further consultation and feedback from growers to determine whether a durum segregation is required in the region.
Malt barley segregations have been amended across regions based on planting trends and customer requirements. In the Central, Adelaide and Eastern regions, Commander malt barley will not be segregated due to a continuing decline in planting and end use customer demand. In the Central region, Gladstone will no longer be segregating Latrobe malt barley which growers can alternatively deliver to Port Pirie and Ardrossan.
Growers are encouraged to provide feedback on the preliminary segregation plan so that Viterra can match segregations to what is being grown in each region which can help streamline deliveries during harvest and minimise overall turnaround times.
Viterra’s preliminary segregation plan is subject to changes based on further input from growers, including through the planting survey and seasonal conditions. Growers should contact their regional office with any questions or feedback.
In conjunction with the preliminary segregation plan, Viterra communicated some changes to growers about its site operations which have been made as the business responds to the changing needs and delivery patterns of growers and the evolving environment.
Viterra will open a total of 55 sites for the coming harvest – these sites have previously taken 97 per cent of total receivals and have the capacity to manage all grower deliveries. There are 12 sites that will not open this year and will not play a future role in the Viterra network.
Viterra is continuing to invest in its larger sites to provide more segregation options, faster elevation capacity, quicker turnaround times and longer opening hours.