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Viterra’s receival standards are based on industry and maintaining market access.

Industry conducts annual reviews of these standards and implements changes where appropriate to meet demands from end use markets.

The following changes have been made to receivals prior to the 2020/21 harvest, in response to industry changes, end use customers’ needs and to ensure South Australian growers maintain market access.

If you have any questions regarding any of these changes, please contact your local Operations Manager.

Sticks and stubble now have the same definition and classification standards to simplify the classification process. They are defined as ligneous material or crop stubble and are a nil tolerance if they are larger than 3cm in length and/or 1cm in diameter.

  • In cereal commodities, sticks and stubble larger than 3cm in length and/or 1cm in diameter are classified as objectionable material.
  • In wheat, sticks/stubble material smaller than 3cm in length and/or 1cm in diameter that fall through the screen are classified as screenings and above the screen are classified as unmillable material.
  • In barley, sticks/stubble material smaller than 3cm in length and/or 1cm in diameter that fall through the screen are classified as screenings and above the screen are classified as foreign material.
  • If sticks and stubble fall below the screen they are classified as screenings.

Receival standards

Severely damaged cereal grains that fall below the screen are now included in screenings. Grain Trade Australia has determined that small grains are generally removed before human consumption and have relatively little impact on the quality of the grain and are not considered a food safety issue.

Existing limits apply to grains retained above the screen.

Receival standards

Lentil grade changes
We have reviewed our lentil grades and introduced changes for the coming harvest. This follows continuous review of our service offering, and is part of our focus to provide a sustainable and efficient service to growers.

New lentil V grade
We have introduced a new Viterra (V) lentil grade to create additional value for growers. The V grade is for loads just outside of the number 1 grade receival standards for foreign seed contaminants, snails and total defective grain. The V grade has a fee of $5 per tonne and has no tonnage deductions.

Reduced fees
Our fees have reduced from $15 per tonne, creating further value for grower customers. Our cleaning grades have a fee of $10 per tonne and our V grade has a fee of $5 per tonne.

Updated cleaning grades
We have also reviewed and updated our cleaning grades. This includes some reduced tonnage deductions and modified contaminant tolerances.

Viterra will segregate Hallmark lentils for the 2020/21 harvest based on industry advice from Pulse Australia.Pulse Australia has advised that Hallmark lentils be segregated and potentially marketed as a distinct varietal class, referred to as Hallmark rather than either ‘Nugget’ or ‘Nipper’ types.

This change is due to potential size, shape and colour differences between Hallmark and Nugget or Nipper type lentils and is to help meet end use customer requirements and maintain market access.

Based on feedback from the planting survey and further discussions, we have introduced a segregation for Hallmark at the following sites:

  • Central region: Ardrossan, Bute, Owen
  • Adelaide region: Inner Harbour
  • Eastern region: Lameroo

Hallmark growers with forward contracts for nugget type lentils should contact the buyer directly to confirm any changes to contracts.

Nugget type lentil segregations are available at Ardrossan, Balaklava and Bute. Growers can also contact their buyer directly to determine whether pricing options are available at Inner Harbour under a buyer’s call delivery option.

Receival standards

Viterra will receive new lentil variety, Highland in the Nipper type lentil segregation for the 2020/21 harvest. Pulse Australia has advised that they will undertake further analysis of the variety post-harvest to confirm the appropriate classification which may change the segregation for the variety going forward.

Receival standards

This means that growers can now have up to 4% damaged or broken grain within the total defective grains tolerance if no other defects are present.

Receival standards

The sample size for classification of faba beans will be increased to 400 grams. Tolerances will be amended to reflect this change.

Receival standards

We are continuing to remove wheat varieties to be in line with Wheat Quality Australia’s (WQA) Wheat Variety Master List.

The following wheat varieties that have been removed from the Wheat Variety Master List will be removed from our variety list.

If these varieties are delivered, the highest grade they can achieve is feed.

If you have any concerns please contact your local Operations Manager.

 
Varieties removed for 2020/21 harvest
Annuello Aroona Bounty EGA
Dagger Eagle Hawk EGA Goldmark
Kite Merinda Oxley
Peake Schomburgk Schomburgk Bt
Sythe AGT Takari

For the 2021/22 harvest, there are additional varieties which will be removed from the WQA Wheat Variety Master List. The highest grade any deliveries of these varieties can achieve is feed.

 
Varieties removed for 2021/22 harvest
Blade Clearfield Janz Pugsley

We are adopting Grain Trade Australia’s Common Industry Varietal Code Master List introduced to uniform the codes and variety descriptions used throughout industry. As a result the codes for varieties may have changed from previous harvests. The Viterra variety charts have been updated to reference our legacy codes and the new industry code.

Varieties receival standards

Viterra continues to offer growers a higher moisture standard for wheat and barley to 13.5%, which is above the GTA standard of 12.5%. All Viterra receival standards and grade segregations can be found on this website.

From time to time, Viterra will offer additional grade segregations that reflect particular customer specifications and may be for specific sites only.



Lentil grades

We have reviewed our lentil grades and introduced changes for the 2020/21 harvest. This follows continuous review of our service offering, and is part of our focus to provide a sustainable and efficient service to growers.

New lentil V grade

We have introduced a new Viterra (V) lentil grade to create additional value for growers. The V grade is for loads just outside of the number 1 grade receival standards for foreign seed contaminants, snails and total defective grain. The V grade has a fee of $5 per tonne and has no tonnage deductions.

Reduced fees

Our fees have reduced from $15 per tonne, creating further value for grower customers. Our cleaning grades have a fee of $10 per tonne and our V grade has a fee of $5 per tonne.

Updated cleaning grades

We have also reviewed and updated our cleaning grades. This includes some reduced tonnage deductions and modified contaminant tolerances.

 

Lentil delivery options

Growers are now able to deliver into the number 1 grade, our new V grade and our cleaning grades at South Australian Viterra sites that receive lentils.

Growers with loads outside of receival standards for number 1 grade can deliver into our new V grade, or into our existing cleaning grades with:

  • a new higher tolerance for snails
  • a maximum 11% tolerance for total defective grain
  • a higher tolerance for foreign seed contaminants
  • a higher tolerance for poor colour seed coat.

 

Lentil grades flyer


Canola declaration

For each load of canola, growers will be required to declare on the Delivery advice and declaration form, that none of the canola in the load is a genetically modified variety.

For the 2020/21 harvest Viterra is only offering non-GM segregations and can only accept varieties of canola from the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF) approved list for non-GM varieties.

As part of the quality testing program, Viterra collects samples from all grower loads of canola delivered to site for GM and chemical residue testing. This is essential to ensure that canola quality meets the expectations of customers as well as state and federal legislation.


Varietal identification programme

Each variety has different physical qualities, processing performance and end-product quality for customers and end users.

Viterra participates in varietal identification programmes where grower load samples will be randomly selected at sites across the Viterra network and tested to ensure varietal declarations have been correctly recorded.

This information is forwarded to relevant industry research groups and is used to establish appropriate codes of practice for the delivery of grain.


Chemical residue testing

Viterra subscribes to the National Residue Survey (NRS) – a crucial part of the Australian system for managing risks of chemical residues in Australian food products.

To support this program, during harvest Viterra conducts chemical residue testing on composite partition samples. Viterra may also collect individual grower load samples for chemical residue traceability.

Growers play a critical role in upholding South Australia’s grain quality. When applying chemicals, at all times growers should adhere to:

  • withholding periods
  • label instructions
  • application rates
  • safe operating procedures

If a breach to the Australian maximum residue limit (MRL) is detected, Viterra is obliged to provide its traceability results to Biosecurity South Australia which may trigger an investigation. Any breaches to Australian MRLs may also be followed up through Viterra’s contaminated grain process.

Information on the current Australian and international MRLs can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource’s website agriculture.gov.au


Commodity classification transfer procedure

The Commodity classification transfer procedure allows for a load classified at one site to be received at a second site while retaining its original classification (subject to nil tolerance contaminants or defects).

This transfer procedure applies when a commodity is presented to a site but the load is classified as a grade not being received at the site. A transfer can then be requested to deliver the load to an alternate site accepting that grade.

The grade on the commodity classification transfer will be in line with receival standards not accounting for the wheat dynamic binning tolerances. However, the load will be eligible for wheat dynamic binning at the transfer receival site provided the higher grade segregation is available, and the rolling stack average of the higher grade meets the receival standards.

Growers can utilise the commodity classification transfer procedure for port terminal deliveries where shipping grades are being accepted from upcountry sites. This will ensure that the load is within specification and will not be declined at port due to the lower grade not being accepted.

Loads being transferred do not have priority over other loads in the sampling queue.

If a nil tolerance contaminant or defect is found in the load at any stage of the receival process, the load will be declined.


Classification retest procedure

The Classification retest procedure is used when a grower (or their representative) requests a retest for a quality parameter where the result is outside the anticipated grade for their load at the point of receival.

The classification retest procedure is in line with the GTA disputing classification technical guideline. This includes the quality parameters that can be disputed, the sample to be assessed and the allowable variation of the initial result from the standards limit.


Shot or sprouted grain classification procedure

The Shot or sprouted grain classification procedure is to be used if the classifier finds one shot barley kernel or one sprouted wheat kernel. The load will then be assessed using a Falling Number or Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) machine and the result used to determine the grade.

Falling Number and RVA partition results are also monitored throughout harvest and could lead to testing each load regardless of visual assessment.