It has been something of a dream run for farmers in the wheatbelt this harvest with virtually no holdups due to rain, extreme weather or fire bans in November.

Fine weather and good yields in the Kwinana Zone which takes in York and the Central Wheatbelt, allowed farmers to deliver 1.4million tonnes of grain with many sites breaking receival records again during the last week of the month.

 Zone manager, Brett Jeffrey, said total deliveries had reached 4.3 million tonnes  and were on track to reach the 6.2 million tonne zone estimate. The extra tonnage coming in was putting storage under pressure.  “Some segregations will have to close temporarily while we regain storage space," he said.

"We are working to make extra space for wheat segregations. "Growers and transporters have been very patient with us to date and we will need their co-operation in coming weeks as sites start to fill,” Mr Jeffrey said.

CBH reported that total receivals of 10million tonnes state wide to November 29, with the Geraldton and Esperance Zones nearing the end of harvest. The daily delivery record was broken again when the co-operative received 509,726 tonnes on November 27.

CBH Group General Manager of Operations, David Capper, said the unprecedented amount of grain being delivered to sites across WA would start to effect operations in coming weeks. “It’s absolutely unheard of for CBH to receive 10million tonnes before the end of November. "Up until now our staff at receival points have done a great job handling the record speed at which grain was coming in,” he said.

Meanwhile, nominations for positions on the CBH board opened on November 28. There are positions open for nomination  one in each of the Districts 1, 2 and 4. Eligible candidates have until 12.00 noon on January 6,  2014 to lodge their nomination. The Directors whose three-year terms expire on 26 February 2014 and are eligible for re-election are Clancy Michael,  Vern Dempster and Wally Newman.

Any CBH grower member interest in becoming a director can obtain an information pack and nomination form from the WA Electoral Commission returning officer, Wayne Nicholson,  by email from wayne.nicholson@waec.wa.gov.au or by calling  him on 9214 0448. The elections will be conducted by the electoral commission. The poll closes at 10.00am on February 17, 2014 and votes will be counted immediately afterwards.

Lindsay McNeill

ABOVE: Harvest well advanced due to good weather in November.