Our ongoing focus is to provide the most valuable and efficient supply chain to our customers.
We continue to invest into our sites. We have gained efficiencies through changes to our operations which we are passing on to grower customers. This is reflected through our storage and handling service fees and Export Select rates which reduces costs and provides value to growers.
We have made investments in services ahead of the 2020/21 harvest which includes our new warehouse to cash service and we will continue to provide our dynamic binning service for wheat and barley.
We remain focused on quality management and food safety to ensure market access is maintained for South Australian grain around the world by meeting the varying requirements of end use customer and importing country requirements.
We are closely monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to evolve. We are monitoring the situation across Australia daily, following advice and protocols from federal and state government authorities, and activating response plans in our offices, at our upcountry sites and port terminals and along our supply chains.
Our highest priority is to protect the health and safety of our people and the communities in which we operate, including our customers and suppliers.
We have put measures in place at all our sites to manage the health and wellbeing of our employees and the broader community. These measures are also designed to ensure business continuity, and being able to operate our supply chains to meet the needs of our grower and buyer customers.
We continue to plan for different scenarios to align our operations with any changes to the government COVID-19 advice and guidelines during harvest, and we have the necessary resources to do so.
We are well prepared to continue operating and provide an efficient and valuable service to our customers during harvest.
We have reviewed all points of the delivery process and have made modifications to processes and requirements that will be in place at our sites.
We will provide updated information if changes are required based on government COVID-19 guidelines.
Our fee structure for the 2020/21 harvest reflects further efficiency gains obtained through changes in our operations, while ensuring the long term sustainability of our supply chain and continued investment into our sites.
Receival fees at all upcountry sites for all commodities and grades remain the same as last harvest, and for the second consecutive year, the receival fee for major wheat and other barley has not increased at upcountry sites.
For growers’ warehoused grain, we will continue to waive storage fees for the month of delivery and the month following delivery.
We have continued to simplify our fees this harvest with the removal of sites being classified as Tier 1 or Tier 2 providing a cost saving directly to growers when delivering to a site previously considered Tier 2. The removal of tiers makes it easier for growers to plan which site to deliver to and for buyers to do business through Viterra.
Our Export Select rates reflect further efficiency gains obtained through changes in our operations and decreases in some cost inputs, while continuing to ensure the long term sustainability of our business through ongoing investment.
Export Select rates at all Viterra sites across the network have decreased. This is in addition to the cost savings provided to growers last harvest.
Our larger sites are where we have been able to create greater efficiency gains, which is reflected in more significant decreases at these sites.
We will work on creating further efficiency gains to continue passing value directly to our customers.
Viterra is pleased to release its new warehouse to cash service ahead of the 2020/21 harvest. Warehouse to cash makes it quicker and easier to instantly sell and transfer your warehoused grain to a cash price, and reflects our continued investment to improve our services to grower customers.
At Wallaroo, Viterra is removing the local grower delivery line to enable all growers to deliver directly into the site.
At Inner Harbour, Viterra is opening the local grower delivery line for all pulses to enable all growers to deliver directly into Inner Harbour. The new Northern Connector will also create efficiencies for growers travelling to the site.
Deliveries to Port Lincoln remain unchanged and growers within the local delivery zone for the port can deliver grain in line with the available segregations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
This means that growers can now have up to 4% defective grain within the total damaged or broken grains tolerance if no other defects are present.
The sample size for classification of faba beans will be increased to 400 grams. Tolerances will be amended to reflect this change.
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.
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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.
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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.
Growers play a critical role in maintaining market access for South Australian grain with the declaration of chemical applications to manage food safety and quality.
Declaring the application of chemicals is important as it helps Viterra to manage stocks to ensure end use customer needs and importing countries’ requirements are met.
Before applying chemicals, growers should read the label instructions for further information on conditions of use to ensure application complies with industry requirements. Growers should ensure they follow withholding periods, application rates and safe operating procedures.
Viterra’s declaration process asks growers to declare the application of chemicals to any grain delivered to a Viterra site to ensure that application has followed the relevant legislation and label instructions.
Imidazolinone use on barley
Viterra will continue with the same declaration process for imidazolinone (IMI) chemicals applied to barley. Growers are asked to declare if they applied IMI chemicals to their barley on the delivery advice and declaration form. IMI tolerant barley varieties with IMI applied will be received as a malting barley grade provided the load meets all other quality requirements and a segregation is available.
Glyphosate use on barley
Glyphosate use on barley (except malting barley) is now registered for use following the approval of an application made to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
Growers can continue to 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.
Viterra will continue to require a glyphosate declaration for barley loads. If glyphosate is applied to malting varieties, the highest grade achievable is BAR1 (previously F1) barley.
Before applying glyphosate, growers should read the label for further information on conditions of use to ensure application complies with industry requirements.
Viterra is only offering non-GM segregations for the 2020/21 season.
Should GM crops be permitted, Viterra will support the choice of growers to grow GM crops by providing handling and quality management expertise and processes through our world-class storage facilities to meet the market requirements to safely handle and segregate both GM and non-GM commodities. Our network is designed and has a proven track record of receiving and storing multiple commodities and grades in separate segregations.
We will continue to work closely with our grower and buyer customers and industry stakeholders ahead of the 2021/22 season to understand their needs.
Managing heavy vehicles properly will help keep our roads and people safe.
Food safety and quality management is of critical importance to uphold South Australia’s grain quality, to maintain market access and continue to meet end use market requirements.
Viterra’s receival standards are based on industry requirements and maintaining market access.
We are continuously developing and investing in our services to improve our offering to grower customers and to provide a valuable and efficient service.