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Preliminary segregation plan for the 2020/21 harvest is available.

Viterra has released its preliminary segregation plan for the 2020/21 harvest to help growers plan for the season ahead.

We have made some changes to our site operations as we respond to the changing needs and delivery patterns of growers and adapt to the evolving environment.

Our preliminary segregation plan is subject to change based on further feedback from growers, including through the planting survey and seasonal conditions.

Key changes include:

Wallaroo and Inner Harbour local grower delivery line

  • At Wallaroo, Viterra is removing the local grower delivery line to allow all growers to deliver directly into the site.
  • At Inner Harbour, Viterra is opening the local grower delivery line for all pulses to allow all growers to deliver directly into Inner Harbour.

Segregations

  • In the Central region:
    • At Ardrossan, a segregation has been introduced for a new imidazolinone tolerant barley variety, Maximus CL.
  • In the Eastern region:
    • A Monola segregation has been introduced at Coonalpyn.
    • Viterra will determine whether a durum segregation is required based on grower consultation and feedback.
  • Malt barley segregations have been amended across regions based on planting trends and customer requirements.
    • In the Central region, Gladstone will no longer be segregating Latrobe. Alternate options are Port Pirie and Ardrossan.
    • 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.

Receivals

Imidazolinone (IMI) tolerant barley varieties

Last harvest, Viterra implemented a declaration process for IMI chemicals applied to Spartacus and Scope malt barley varieties. Growers were asked to declare if they applied IMI chemicals to their barley on the delivery advice and declaration form. Spartacus and Scope varieties that had IMI applied were still received as a malting barley grade provided the load met all other quality requirements.

This declaration assists Viterra with managing stock and helps 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.

Pending any developments in the discussions, Viterra will continue with the same declaration and receival process for the 2020/21 harvest.

Glyphosate use on barley

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) permit for glyphosate on barley (except malting barley) will expire on 30 April 2020. The APVMA released a Trade Advice Notice to seek industry feedback on an application to register the use of Roundup Ultra Max Herbicide on barley (except malting barley). We will communicate further information as it becomes available.

 

Preliminary segregation plans

Changes to site operations

Our focus is on providing a supply chain that best meets the needs of our grower and buyer customers. We have continued to review the changing needs and delivery patterns of growers, and the industry both in Australia and overseas. This has led to some difficult but necessary decisions regarding our site footprint.

We plan to open 55 sites this year. These sites have previously handled 97 per cent of our receivals and have the capacity to handle all grower deliveries.

We will have 9.8 million tonnes of storage capacity available and we will continue to provide segregations for all the major crops grown in South Australia.

There are 12 sites that will not open this year and will not reopen.

We are taking a long-term approach to our business to ensure we can continue to provide a high level of service to growers and attract buyers to purchase South Australian grain. We will continue to invest in our people, infrastructure and services to provide the greatest value to our grower and buyer customers.

Delivery options, investments and further information is outlined below.

Site Delivery options
Cowell, Mangalo Wheat and barley to Arno Bay, Rudall and Tumby Bay
Murdinga Wheat and barley to Cummins and Lock
Compass malt barley to Edillilie and Tumby Bay
Tooligie Wheat to Cummins and Lock

 

We have invested close to $20 million at the above delivery options in the last five years with a further $3-4 million planned this year to provide an efficient service and improve elevation capacity including:

Arno Bay

  • built additional bunker storage and upgrades to existing, and
  • drive over hopper stacker set upgrades.

Cummins

  • additional 50,000 tonnes of bunker storage built,
  • equipment installed to improve outturn efficiency during harvest,
  • upgrades to bunkers, drive over hopper stacker sets and marshalling yard,
  • new front end loaders, and
  • shed resealing to ensure maximum storage and segregation availability.

Ahead of the 2020/21 harvest, we plan on making the following upgrades:

  • two new classification centres,
  • two new automated 40 metre weighbridges, and
  • automatic sampling probes.

Lock

  • built an additional 115,000 tonnes of bunker storage, and
  • new driver over hopper stacker set and upgrades to existing.

Rudall

  • purchase of additional land and built an additional 100,000 tonnes of bunker storage and upgrades to existing,
  • equipment installed to improve outturn efficiency,
  • new drive over hopper stacker set and upgrades to existing, and
  • shed resealing to ensure maximum storage and segregation availability.

Tumby Bay

  • new classification centre, automated 40 metre weighbridge and automatic probes,
  • built an additional 38,000 tonnes of bunker storage,
  • drive over hopper stacker set upgrades, and
  • new front end loaders.

Site Delivery options
Gulnare Durum wheat to Owen and Ardrossan
Mallala Lentils (Nipper and Nugget type) to Owen, Balaklava and Inner Harbour
Kaspa-type peas to Balaklava and Inner Harbour
Melrose Wheat to Booleroo Centre, Gladstone and Port Pirie
Tarlee Faba beans to Balaklava and Inner Harbour
Monola to Owen

 

We will provide a segregation option for durum at Ardrossan and continue to provide segregation options for durum at Owen. We will extend opening hours at Owen to accommodate growers travelling further and we will overflow if required.

We have invested more than $24 million at the above delivery options in the last five years to provide an efficient service and improve elevation capacity including:

Gladstone

  • built an additional 90,000 tonnes of bunker storage,
  • drive over hopper stacker set upgrades,
  • a new classification centre,
  • automatic sampling probes,
  • fully automated 40 metre weighbridge,
  • new front end loaders, and
  • shed resealing to ensure maximum storage and availability of segregations.

Port Pirie

  • new conveyor and elevator belts to increase elevation capacity,
  • equipment installed to improve outturn efficiency during harvest,
  • roadwork upgrades, and
  • weighbridge remedial works.

Inner Harbour

At Inner Harbour, Viterra is permanently opening the local grower delivery line for all pulses to allow all growers to deliver directly into Inner Harbour.

As a receival site, we have increased the elevation capacity at Inner Harbour with the reopening of the bunkers for receivals. We provide longer opening hours at Inner Harbour with the flexibility of extending further when required to match grower deliveries. The new Northern Connector will also create efficiencies and make it easier for growers travelling to the site.

Investment includes:

  • new conveyor and elevator belts to increase elevation capacity,
  • major electrical upgrades, and
  • steel bin resealing and painting to ensure the longevity of the storage.

Site Delivery options
Two Wells Lentils to Inner Harbour, Owen, Balaklava and Ardrossan

 

We have invested close to $15 million at the above delivery options in the last five years to provide an efficient service and improve elevation capacity.

Two Wells will continue to take grower receivals by appointment until end of April and packing at the site will continue until end of June.

We will continue to provide a range of segregations and packing services to service Viterra’s grower and buyer customers. This will include continuing to pack containers at Inner Harbour and establishing new container packing facilities at Ardrossan.

At Inner Harbour, Viterra is permanently opening the local grower delivery line for all pulses to allow all growers to deliver directly into Inner Harbour.

As a receival site, we have increased the elevation capacity at Inner Harbour with the reopening of the bunkers for receivals. We provide longer opening hours at Inner Harbour with the flexibility of extending further when required to match grower deliveries.

Investment includes:

  • new conveyor and elevator belts to increase elevation capacity,
  • major electrical upgrades, and
  • steel bin resealing and painting to ensure the longevity of the storage.

We are planning on packing containers at our Ardrossan site from the coming harvest, subject to necessary approvals and further discussions with buyer customers. Container packing is an important part of the Viterra business and we are investing in our packing supply chain to provide the most cost effective, sustainable and efficient service to meet the needs of growers, buyers and exporters into the future.

Site Delivery options
Coomandook Faba beans to Tailem Bend and Inner Harbour
Wheat and barley to Tailem Bend and Coonalpyn
Murray Bridge Wheat, barley and malt barley to Apamurra, Tailem Bend, Monarto South and Inner Harbour
Parilla Lentils to Lameroo, Inner Harbour and Dooen

Inner Harbour

We have invested more than $18.5 million at the above delivery options in the last five years and a further $2 million planned this year to provide an efficient service and improve elevation capacity.

At Inner Harbour, Viterra is permanently opening the local grower delivery line for all pulses to allow all growers to deliver directly into Inner Harbour.

As a receival site, we have increased the elevation capacity at Inner Harbour with the reopening of the bunkers for receivals. We provide longer opening hours at Inner Harbour with the flexibility of extending further when required to match grower deliveries.

Investment includes:

  • new conveyor and elevator belts to increase elevation capacity,
  • major electrical upgrades, and
  • steel bin resealing and painting to ensure the longevity of the storage.

Tailem Bend

Investment includes:

  • built close to 200,000 tonnes of additional bunker storage and upgrades to existing,
  • new drive over hopper stacker set, upgrades to existing and an additional set allocated,
  • new 40 metre weighbridge,
  • new front end loaders, and
  • outward weighbridge upgrade.

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