Grain harvest thread 2018-19

 
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
BS, you forgot to mention the award winning snot blocks, or was that on purpose?

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  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
I take it snot blocks are what Jeff made famous.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
BS, you forgot to mention the award winning snot blocks, or was that on purpose?
Donald
Ahhhh your right, did they win the Vanilla Slice comp one year..........Wink ........any how it's closer to your territory, didn't want to go poaching. Wink......Donald, Charlton and Birchip..big cropping area, fingers crossed for em' all.

BigShunter.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

A pre-‘Grain harvest thread 2019-20’ question: What effect will the recent rain have on the new season?
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
The rain happened at the right time.
Most were well into dry sowing and this will give it a  good start.  Rest of the sowing will be into damp soil.
Just need good rain in late winter now!
  steamfreak Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wodonga, VIC
I noted grain trains loading at The Rock this week, and last week at Henty on the stub of the Rand branch.  There were also pics on FB of a train loading at Yarrawonga.  A little bit of grain action in the NE area, but pretty quiet really.  Hopefully the recent rains are a harbinger for good crops this season.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Yeah we are mostly looking at a back to normal start, though who knows, as always, where this year could go....
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
The sound of diesel is filling the air around Donald tonight (no, it is not a train).   Tractors everywhere, flat out sowing.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Rail Freight Alliance calls for upgrade Rainbow, Hopetoun lines.

To solve congestion on the Wimmera's roads, the public and governments must look to the train tracks.

That's the view of the Rail Freight Alliance, a conglomerate of 27 Victorian councils including Horsham and Ararat Rural Cities, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack and Northern Grampians Shire Councils.

Chief executive Reid Mather is pushing for upgrades to the Rainbow to Dimboola line and Hopetoun to Murtoa line. The two lines can currently only handle carriages that have 19 tonnes of weight resting on each axle.

Mr Mather said upgrading them so they could support 21 tonnes per axle would make a big difference to grain growers and brokers, and reduce the amount of trucks on the road network.


"It means they can load more grain and deliver it to port for the same cost of running the train," he said.

"Simpy put, if you were to post a cash price at Dimboola today, the price they would post would factor in how much it costs to get the grain to port.


https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6098987/calls-to-upgrade-rainbow-hopetoun-railway-lines/?cs=225  pinched from Wimmera MailTimes.

The upgrade to 21tonne should have occurred with the start of the mineral sand train, as well as track speed, should have been 80k, history, now.
Anyhow, hope they can get the track improved.

BigShunter.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Qube’s 80s have arrived in Melbourne, allegedly ahead of “several” runs to Birchip over the next week or so.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
GML10, 8044 & 8030 are in Birchip at the grain loop.
  Jack Le Lievre Chief Train Controller

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
GML10, 8044 & 8030 are in Birchip at the grain loop.
Donald
And the White's have it.

Junior


https://youtu.be/9C6XdidUWqc

Senior


https://youtu.be/RF0F7XionzQ
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Some decent rain fell throughout the Wimmera, yesterday, which is good news for the farming fraternity.

Wet weekend for region.

THE Wimmera experienced a wet weekend, with good rain falling across the region.

Bureau of Meteorology data shows Horsham received 22.8 millimetres of rain on Saturday, making it a wet day for weekend sport.

Nhill and Edenhope both received 14.4mm on Saturday, Longerenong received 17.8mm, Warracknabeal received 12mm, Stawell received 21mm and Ararat received 28mm.

Horsham received 62.4mm for the month, making it the wettest June in six years.

The previous wettest June was when the city received 77.6mm in 2013.

The bureau released its latest climate outlook on Thursday, which showed it was unlikely the region would receive above average rainfall from July to September.

The bureau predicts there is a 72 per cent chance Horsham will receive at least 100mm in the next three months, and a 30 per cent chance it will receive at least 150mm.

The average rainfall between July and September is 147mm.

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6248236/rainy-weekend-for-the-region/?cs=225

The rainfall dept, has been quite reasonable across the region for the past month, given the very dry start to the year, as can be seen by the below link for BOM.

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/awap/rain/index.jsp?colour=colour&time=latest&step=0&map=totals&period=month&area=vc

BigShunter.
  Jack Le Lievre Chief Train Controller

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6248236/rainy-weekend-for-the-region/?cs=225

The rainfall dept, has been quite reasonable across the region for the past month, given the very dry start to the year, as can be seen by the below link for BOM.

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/awap/rain/index.jsp?colour=colour&time=latest&step=0&map=totals&period=month&area=vc

BigShunter.
BigShunter
The BoMs Three Month Outlook is a little bleak.

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/outlooks/#/overview/video
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
They don't need a lot of rain in the next couple of months,  just a few top-ups.
Need an inch late September/early October to fill the heads.   This is what makes it a good or average season.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
They don't need a lot of rain in the next couple of months,  just a few top-ups.
Need an inch late September/early October to fill the heads.   This is what makes it a good or average season.
Donald
Yep spot on, Donald, in my post, the bureau predicts Horsham is a 72% chance of getting 100ml over the next 3 months, if that is the case it should make quite a good season, however if they copped 150ml ( 30% chance ) a great harvest will be in order.

Lets just be hopeful for a reasonable harvest and anything above that, will be a bonus, fingers crossed, the whole community and country benefits from a productive harvest.

BigShunter.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Rain Is measured In Millimetres (mm) or Inches not Millilitres (ml)
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

SSR taking the Kensington grainy up to Sea Lake tonight. Will have to cross the hay train somewhere – it’s peak hour up there!
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
SSR taking the Kensington grainy up to Sea Lake tonight. Will have to cross the hay train somewhere – it’s peak hour up there!
potatoinmymouth
There probably regretting now removing all BG Loops between Dunolly and Ballarat...
  darcycammo Chief Train Controller

Location: cockatoo vic
You mean Korong Vale and Ballarat. Dunolly doesn’t have a BG loop
  trainbrain Deputy Commissioner

SSR taking the Kensington grainy up to Sea Lake tonight. Will have to cross the hay train somewhere – it’s peak hour up there!
There probably regretting now removing all BG Loops between Dunolly and Ballarat...
Dangersdan707
with so few choochoos operating on this line, crossing loops will not be a problem.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

SSR taking the Kensington grainy up to Sea Lake tonight. Will have to cross the hay train somewhere – it’s peak hour up there!
There probably regretting now removing all BG Loops between Dunolly and Ballarat...
with so few choochoos operating on this line, crossing loops will not be a problem.
trainbrain
And if there's a big harvest this year, it'll be chaos.  Remember too that Nth Geelong is much harder now for BG trains too....
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Why is North Geelong harder now?  What has changed?
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Why is North Geelong harder now?  What has changed?
bevans
There’s been trouble since the manual C box was decommissioned, meaning the remote control won’t be up and running for a while. At the moment it’s a shemozzle of caution orders and delays.

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