Lower Eyre Peninsula entering harvest 2018/19

UNLOAD: Cowell grower Dylan Franklin delivers the first load of grain to Viterra's Tumby Bay silos. Photo: supplied

UNLOAD: Cowell grower Dylan Franklin delivers the first load of grain to Viterra's Tumby Bay silos. Photo: supplied

Lower Eyre Peninsula farmers have been busy windrowing and making the first deliveries of grain as the region enters into the 2018/19 harvest season.

Farmers have been busy preparing for harvest, which has the potential to be a bumper one for the region.

Carr’s Seeds agronomist Denis Pedler said last week a number of farmers in the area had started harvest, including around Wangary, Coulta, Kapinnie and Yallunda Flat.

“On Lower Eyre Peninsula over the last few weeks, farmers have been busy windrowing or desiccating canola and barley in preparation for harvesting these crops,” he said.

“Weather for the last half of October has been quite mild and favourable to ripen crops off slowly.”

The Primary Industries and Regions SA Winter Crop Performance report for 2018/19 stated regular light rainfall has resulted in good crop and pasture growth, despite below average July rainfall.

The report, released in September, shows above average rainfall and slightly warmer than average temperatures in August provided excellent growing conditions for crops, which show average to above average yield potential.

Mr Pedler said there was plenty of positivity among farmers but there was still a lot to be done.

“Farmer sentiment is relatively positive with commodity prices and harvest starting, but farmers are realistic that this is a very busy time of the year with a lot of work in front of them,” he said.

Mr Pedler said leading up to harvest some growers did experience varying degrees of frost damage on wheat, barley and peas on Lower Eyre Peninsula, particularly between Tooligie and Karkoo and some areas of Brimpton Lake.

Viterra has started to receive grain from across the state with more than 54,000 tonnes delivered so far, more than 3150 tonnes coming from  the western region, the majority being barley with some wheat and peas.

The company’s operations manager for western region Nick Pratt said one of the Lower Eyre Peninsula’s first receivals was made at Tumby Bay on October 26, with Cummins and Lock experiencing their first receivals on October 29.

“Viterra is working closely with growers to ensure that our site operations meet growers’ needs,” he said.

Growers are encouraged to visit Viterra’s website for information on site opening hours and segregation.