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New this harvest

Harvest information book

There have been some changes to our fee structure and pricing for the coming year.

Viterra is focused on:

  • Passing efficiency gains and cost savings directly on to grower and buyer customers
  • Making it easier for customers to use the Viterra system
  • Improving our services through continued investment in our supply chain

Our 2019/20 fee structure reflects efficiency gains that we’ve obtained through changes in our operations, while also ensuring the long term sustainability of our supply chain through ongoing investment.

Receival fees have not increased for major wheat and other (feed) barley deliveries to Viterra’s major sites. To reflect recent changes and efficiencies within the Viterra network, there have been some changes to Tier 1 and Tier 2 sites. Eudunda and Owen are now Tier 1 sites, and Coomandook, Gulnare, Jamestown, Mallala, Murray Bridge and Murdinga are Tier 2 sites.

Storage fees for growers are now waived for the month of delivery and the following calendar month. The storage fee per month has been simplified, with a flat rate consistent across the year until end of August.

More information can be found on our fees, terms and conditions page.

 

 Quality management and food safety

Viterra has been certified with the updated ISO 22000:2018 standards, the highest of any grain supply chain in Australia.

All our facilities are ISO 22000:2018 certified to meet the highest international standards of food safety management. ISO 22000:2018 outlines the management framework that should be in place to effectively manage food safety issues and quality requirements. Viterra’s entire supply chain has been meeting the exacting standards of the ISO 22000 certification for over 20 years, providing end use customers with confidence when buying grain in our network.

Viterra has recently invested in new chemical residue testing equipment from one of the world’s leading providers.

This allows us to more closely measure the amount of chemicals present in a grain sample, and is in response to changing end users’ requirements.

 

 Classification and receival

From the 2019/20 harvest onwards, we will be removing wheat varieties to be in line with Wheat Quality Australia’s (WQA) Wheat Variety Master List.

From the 2019/20 harvest, the following wheat varieties that have been removed from the Wheat Variety Master List will be removed from our variety list. These varieties have not been received into our network for a year or more. If these varieties are delivered the highest grade they can achieve is feed. If you have any concerns about these varieties please contact your local Operations Manager.

Varieties removed for 2019/20 harvest
Babbler Barunga Buckley
Corella Excalibur Guardian
Krichauff Meering Mitre
Ouyen Tamaroi

For the 2020/21 harvest, there are additional varieties which will be removed from the WQA Wheat Variety Master List and any deliveries of these varieties will be received as feed.

Some of the varieties in the table below have already been removed from WQA’s Master List; however, our data and feedback from growers indicate that they may be delivered this harvest. To give growers time to prepare, we will continue to receive these varieties in their current grade classification for the 2019/20 harvest and they will be removed for the 2020/21 harvest.

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

WQA is an independent company that classifies wheat varieties according to distinct quality attributes. It is responsible for maintaining and growing the reputation of Australian wheat as a high quality product.

WQA records its classifications in the annual Master List, which contains new varieties approved by the Wheat Classification Panel and approved by the WQA board. Varieties can also be reclassified or removed from the list.

WQA annually reviews the Master List and may continue to remove varieties. Viterra will transition to only receiving varieties on WQA’s Wheat Variety Master List in the future. Please review the list at wheatquality.com.au when retaining or purchasing seed or contact your local Operations Manager.

Due to potential market access restrictions in some importing countries for Spartacus and Scope malt barley varieties with IMI chemicals applied, Viterra will be implementing a declaration process through the delivery advice and declaration book. Growers will be asked to declare if they have applied IMI chemicals to their barley on the delivery advice and declaration form.

Spartacus and Scope varieties that have had IMI applied will still be received as a malting barley grade provided the load meets all other quality requirements.

This declaration is critical to assist Viterra with managing stock with IMI applied, to help us ensure we meet end use customer needs and importing countries maximum residue limits (MRLs).

Viterra is continuing to monitor the discussion occurring between industry, government and importing country authorities on market access requirements and market acceptance of IMI applied barley.

An industry update issued in October 2019 states that South Korea expects to complete their review of IMI tolerances for barley on 16 November 2020. Japan expects to complete their MRL review in late 2021.

We have sent the new version of the delivery advice and declaration book to all barley growers that have delivered barley in the last two seasons. The previous versions can still be used when growers deliver other commodities. If you would like an updated book but didn’t receive one, please ask your local site.

If a load of Scope or Spartacus barley variety is presented without a declaration, the grower or carrier presenting the load will be required to obtain information to complete the delivery.

If you have questions regarding how Viterra will receive your barley, please contact your local Operations Manager.

From the 2019/20 harvest, all previous feed barley grades delivered to Viterra will be received under Grain Trade Australia’s (GTA) new grade name, Barley1 and Barley2.

GTA has changed the name of feed barley grades to recognise and assist industry use of the grades for human consumption as well as stockfeed purposes.

GTA does not expect the change to impact the price offered for the grades, given the existing tolerances and standards will not change.

Grain delivered from the 2019/20 harvest onwards will now reflect the industry change and be received as:

  • Feed1/F1 to Barley1/BAR1
  • Feed2/F2 to Barley2/BAR2
  • Feed3/F3 to Barley3/BAR3
  • Feed4/F4 to Barley4/BAR4

This change will not affect how your grain is delivered, stored or segregated. Grade receival standards and specifications will remain the same. Malt barley grade names will remain the same.

The grade name has been updated on our website, Ezigrain, mobile app and other materials in the lead up to harvest.

Any other stock on hand prior to the commencement of the 2019/20 harvest will remain graded as F1, F2 etc.

For information on forward contracts, we recommend contacting your local grain marketer.

For questions regarding how Viterra will receive your barley, please contact your local Operations Manager.

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has issued a permit for glyphosate use on barley through to 30 April 2020.

Growers can apply glyphosate to barley (except malting barley) as a pre-harvest application for harvest aid and for spray topping of annual grass weeds in crop.

As per last harvest, growers are required to declare the application of glyphosate to all commodities. If glyphosate is applied to malting barley varieties, the highest grade that can be achieved is BAR1 (F1).

Before applying glyphosate, growers should read the permit for further information on conditions of use to ensure application complies with industry requirements, available on the APVMA online portal by searching ‘glyphosate barley’.

If you have any questions regarding glyphosate applications to barley, please contact your local Operations Manager.

As advised in 2018, this harvest Viterra will only receive durum that has not had glyphosate applied.

Durum end use customers are increasingly providing us with feedback that they do not wish to purchase durum with glyphosate residue. In response to this, we have taken steps to ensure we maintain market access for South Australian durum in international markets.

From the 2019/20 harvest, if a load of durum has had glyphosate applied, the highest grade it can achieve is feed. Growers are required to declare glyphosate use on the delivery advice and declaration form and grower load samples will be retained for traceability purposes.

The Viterra laboratory will regularly test partition samples and use its traceability procedures if glyphosate is detected.

We continue to work closely with end use customers to ensure South Australian grain maintains market access.

If you have any questions regarding durum receivals with glyphosate applied, please contact your local Operations Manager.

Viterra is giving growers the opportunity to have their wheat and barley instantly upgraded this harvest. Expanding our dynamic binning service is part of Viterra’s ongoing focus to improve our services through continued investment in our supply chain and passing efficiency gains and cost savings directly to grower customers.

Dynamic binning will be available for wheat grades ASW1, APW1, H2 and H1, and barley Malt1 grades for Planet, Scope, Spartacus and Compass as well as BAR1 (F1).

Viterra has introduced barley dynamic binning following feedback from growers and the success of wheat dynamic binning, which provided significant value of approximately $6 million back to growers, and created efficiencies in the classification process due to less retests being required.

Dynamic binning provides growers with more flexibility to potentially access a higher grade for loads that are just outside of receival standards.

In addition to dynamic binning, we also provide a one per cent tolerance for moisture above Grain Trade Australia (GTA) receival standards on all wheat and barley deliveries, which has been in place for a number of years.

To receive a dynamic binning upgrade, the following four criteria need to be met:

Dynamic binning will be available at all Viterra sites with segregations for wheat grades ASW1, APW1, H2 or H1 and barley grade BAR1 (F1) and Malt1 grades for Planet, Scope, Spartacus and Compass.

Growers will have the opportunity to have their wheat and barley upgraded for loads that are just outside of the receival standards.

Viterra’s dynamic binning is instant – the grade is printed on the ticket at site and is immediately available to transact.

Through dynamic binning, we are able to provide more value to growers, and at the same time continue to meet customers’ outturn requirements.

Tolerance zones

Wheat Protein Screenings Test weight
 H1 12.9 – 13.0% 5 – 6% 74 – 76 kg/hl
 H2 11.2 – 11.5% 5 – 6%  74 – 76 kg/hl
 APW1 10.2 – 10.5%  5 – 6%  74 – 76 kg/hl
ASW1 N/A 5 – 6% 74 – 76 kg/hl
Barley Protein Screenings Test weight Retention
 Malt1 8.8 – 9.0% &

12.0 – 12.7%

7 – 8% 64 – 65 kg/hl 68 – 70%
BAR1 (F1)  N/A 15 – 16% 60.5 – 62.5 kg/hl N/A

If the rolling stack average falls below the GTA receival standards for protein, screenings or test weight, then dynamic binning will not be available.

At all times we need to make sure the stack is running within the GTA standard to ensure outturning is not compromised.

Rolling stack averages are calculated on live running samples.

Every time a load goes in, the stack average adjusts.

The rolling stack averages are worked out differently for each type of storage. Smaller storages use less tonnes in the rolling stack average.

 

Tonnage used to calculate rolling average

Inner space Concrete vertical Steel bin Bunker Shed
H1 100 250 250 250 250
H2 100 250 250  500  500
APW1 100 500 500 500 500
ASW1 100 500 500 500 500
Malt1 100 250 250 250 250
BAR1 (F1) 100 500 500 500 500

 

Viterra made a significant upgrade to its IT grain management system in 2018, which enables the quality of grain to be monitored closely in real time to ensure it meets outturn standards.

Through dynamic binning, we’ve been able to provide a valuable service to growers while also maintaining market access for South Australian grain and continuing to meet the high standards of end use customer requirements.

Dynamic binning fact sheet

Planet barley variety has been accredited by Barley Australia as malt. Viterra receival standards are as per GTA malting barley.

If you have any questions regarding delivering Planet barley, please contact your local Operations Manager.

Viterra faba bean grade code FIE1V has been changed to FIEV to remove confusion with Pulse Australia’s faba bean no.1 grade. Receival standards remain the same.

If you have any questions regarding faba bean deliveries, please contact your local Operations Manager.

 

 Deliveries

Making it easier for growers to do business

 

  • Quick access to your preferred sites
  • Login to Ezigrain
  • Manage preferences
  • Receive push notifications

Site specific information

Quickly access information about preferred sites to help plan your deliveries during harvest. Site information includes site updates, opening hours, segregations and cash pricing.

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Login to Ezigrain

Access Ezigrain in a secure, mobile friendly format. Transact in an easy three step process, check delivery information and view tonnes in warehouse which can be filtered by season, commodity and grade.

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Receive push notifications

Receive push notifications with details of delivered loads including tonnes delivered, grade, test weight, moisture, protein, site delivered to and vehicle registration.

Push notifications can also be received on operational and site based information in place of Viterra’s SMS alerts.

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We have updated our delivery advice and declaration book for the 2019/20 harvest with a new green cover.

The new book has a declaration for imidazolinone (IMI) chemical application. Anyone delivering loads of Scope and Spartacus barley must use this new book, and complete the declaration. The new book also offers the option to split loads by percentage as well as by metric tonnes.

Anyone that isn’t delivering Spartacus, Scope or splitting by percentage can still use the old book.