Victoria’s grain harvest kicked into gear through the Mallee last week, aided by the onset of hot, dry weather.
Harvest activity started to move into overdrive as temperatures climbed into the low to mid 30s. The warmer weather helped to pull grain moisture levels down sufficiently for harvesting to get fully under way. Most of the early harvest activity has been on barley and canola, with smaller volumes of wheat. Graincorp reported 100,000 tonnes of grain deliveries into its Victorian grain storage in the past week. This lifted total harvest deliveries to 113,000 as of last Sunday.
Farmers have been pleasantly surprised by the early yields, with Mallee crops generally achieving longer-term averages. Graincorp said total harvest grain deliveries for Queensland, NSW and Victoria topped one million tonnes last week.