Grain Harvest Thread 2020/2021

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Listening on Macca on Sunday morning on my daily walk proved a report from the central west of NSW on the status of the grain harvest.  Some silos have been taking 25,000 tonnes per day was the report but they are saying it is one of the best harvests for years.

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  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
New daily receival record for Graincorp

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-19/graincorp-breaks-daily-record-as-harvest-booms/12899718

Ill keep an eye out for the weekly receivals figures they should release today/tomorrow and post them.  Last weeks had 3.5mt already received...  This should jump significantly.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
New daily receival record for Graincorp

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-19/graincorp-breaks-daily-record-as-harvest-booms/12899718

Ill keep an eye out for the weekly receivals figures they should release today/tomorrow and post them.  Last weeks had 3.5mt already received...  This should jump significantly.
james.au

Looking like NSW and Victoria are going to need trains and more trains.

What about southern Queensland?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
New daily receival record for Graincorp

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-19/graincorp-breaks-daily-record-as-harvest-booms/12899718

Ill keep an eye out for the weekly receivals figures they should release today/tomorrow and post them.  Last weeks had 3.5mt already received...  This should jump significantly.
james.au

The interview on Macca's show was referencing graincopr and talked about coonamble loading.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Graincorp NSW receivals now at 5.4 million tonnes.

Queensland 921kt, Victoria 914kt.

Dont forget other accumulators will have more tonnes of their own.

Definitely a big season for Northern NSW and almost certainly Southern NSW.
  a6et Minister for Railways

This is going to be very good news for farmers and many rural communities, bumper wheat crops often lead to other crops being neglected in the first round of crops following a drought but they generally also pick up as normal rain patterns take place especially if the rains are a bit above normal and low in the La Nino event that is a bit above the normal pattern.

Going back to the big dry of the mid 60's that started in 1964, the year I started on the NSWGR as trainee engineman at Enfield, by mid 65 we had a lot of enginemen on loan to Enfield from quite a few of the drought affected regions, especially the NW and Werris Creek depot, the failure of the Murrurundi water supply was the cause of the depot there closing and the crews moved to Werris Creek and bankers were brought down from there, several of the crews ended up taking transfers to Enfield as well as to Taree.  The NW of the state was the worst affected,

That drought ended in mid 1966, and all those country depot men who were on loan were returned to their respective depots. What was very interesting though was going around the state at that time as the harvest started, and a bumper crop (for that time) was predicted, old 4 wheel RU's where back in service and often on shuttle trains off the North West that brought certain grades of wheat into the Werris Ck sub terminal, where the wheat was graded into different batch areas in the silo's, the RU's were used much on the NW from the Creek and bogie wagons would take the wheat on to Bullock island, I do remember working a full load of empty RU's from Enfield to Goulburn with 3647 as the MP, don't look back when doing the max speed as the wagons looked ready to derail owing to their rough riding and pitching.

At Werris Creek and other busy silo locations, in those days, bogie road vehicles were rarities, many old ex military blitz trucks were brought in to use on interim 3 month registration tickets, along with an assortment of many other old bombs, the silos usually opened 6-7am and one could look at the 3 roads that circulated out from WCK and see these trucks lined up along the roadside, up to Warrigundi Hill, out to the gap and towards Quirindi, as the silo's opened the frenzy started as the trucks headed back to the farms to fill up again and return with more grain.

Diesel power was pretty much of the branch liner domain, and heavy trains that were through to PTW and consisted largely of BWH and tarped BCH's were brought in by 4x48cl. At that time main line diesels such as the 44c and other similar powered diesels were restriced to a max of 3 coupled with Jumper couplings, more or most common though only 2 mainliners were used on the trains as being loaded they usually were only able to haul 1800tonne trains, owing the grades on our lines.

Looking at this seasons harvest and the movement by rail of other wheat for stock feeding, the combinations of MP on the trains is a huge stark contrast these days when looking at the number of old and not so old diesels hauling long heavy loads and being banked in the rear especially in areas that had bankers including the line to Hornsby.  Looking back at the 60's the most powerful loco we really had was the garratt's that hauled the same load as 44cl and the like, on some grades the 60's hauled more than the diesels.

I certainly look forward to the arrival and running of Wheat trains to Bullock island, the first loaded grain ship to sail out of Newcastle (forget where it was heading to) occurred this morning 23/11/202.

I am pretty sure that following this covid disaster year, coupled with years of drought, there will be a lot of smiles on a lot of farmers, towns and other people who will get a huge boost in confidence for the future, its not just good news but Great News indeed.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Have just got around to getting this figure too.

Total GrainCorp receivals in NSW up to 30 November - 6.3 million tonnes.

Fantastic.  And more to come.

graincorp.com.au
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Have just got around to getting this figure too.

Total GrainCorp receivals in NSW up to 30 November - 6.3 million tonnes.

Fantastic.  And more to come.

graincorp.com.au
james.au

We're going to need a bigger train.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Have just got around to getting this figure too.

Total GrainCorp receivals in NSW up to 30 November - 6.3 million tonnes.

Fantastic.  And more to come.

graincorp.com.au

We're going to need a bigger train.
bevans

Just run them for more hours Smile
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
How does the current figure compare to previous years?

It still sounds like a lot of grain not as much as Vicroria and WA but still quite a bit so many trips are going to be required.
  a6et Minister for Railways

From the AWB webb site
Records breaking as harvest progresses south
By Matt Wallis

The month of November has been one of the busiest in recent years with over 7 million tonnes of grain received into the bulk handling system on the east coast alone coinciding with the New South Wales harvest close to 75% completed. This volume far surpassed last year which as at the end of November was closer to 500,000 tonnes received. So far this harvest, protein has been a strong feature in wheat which differs vastly from 2016 where the majority of the harvested crop was graded ASW1. Despite this, malt barley has also featured relatively prominently whilst in canola we have seen a consistently strong oil profile present in the crop.

This week we can be sure to see the supply chain tested once again as harvest quickly approaches its peak throughout the Port Kembla zone with rain in the forecast for the coming weekend accelerating harvest progress even further. Bulk handling sites are filling quickly with some shutting off segregations or having already filled as early as the second and third week of November. Those with the ability to outload grain direct onto trains are doing so at a rapid pace while a few sites are also adding additional capacity through the construction of temporary bunkers such as the GrainFlow sites in West Wyalong and Grong Grong. Having said that, it seems that with harvest in the north surpassing its peak that the logistical constraints of moving the crop from farmgate to site have eased with more trucks becoming available.

It has been fantastic to see farmers consistently revise up yields across all crops as harvest progresses with many calling this a once in a lifetime season. Barley and wheat yields have hovered around 4-5t/ha or better whilst the large proportion of canola has exceeded 2t/ha and approaching 3t/ha and even higher with a favorable oil profile to further compliment these yields. From a gross margin perspective, strong cash at silo pricing is ensuring growers can achieve close to $1000 per hectare across nearly all commodities with canola nudging $1500/hectare and better where the oil profile has allowed.

Turning to the markets and we have seen locally for the most part, prices come off slightly under the harvest pressure. APW is trading around $290 Port Kembla with at times ASW trading at only $5 under. Protein spreads are becoming tighter with H2 trading $5 over APW and APH2 a $3 premium again. Malt barley premiums are starting to tighten from the early harvest of $15 premiums to now within the $5-$10 premium range. As harvest progresses further south into Victoria it can be expected that further pressure may come on the malt spreads.

Delivered port numbers for post-harvest deliveries are also remaining well priced with $300/t for APW achievable into Port Kembla for the January/February period, while barley delivered into Melbourne and Geelong zones is trading at close to $240 for delivery in January/February.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
A great article here for Northern NSW in the cropping department, some fantastic results. A mate of mine has a daughter who lives in central QLD and he has traveled through the top part of NSW for probably 5 or 6 years and barley see a crop. The Northern country and Darling Downs an interesting part of the world, depending on how the season plays out, you will end up with summer rain or winter rain, giving farms the opportunity to grow both season crops.

Well done to the Northern folk and keep the nose to the grindstone in the South.  

https://www.theland.com.au/story/7038974/its-a-harvest-worth-jumping-for/

The Land facebook site.

BigShunter.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
7.213mt received by Graincorp to 7 December 2020.  I recon we could see 8mt, possibly 8.5mt by the end of January.

And this is obviously incomplete - more mt no doubt in other storage networks.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
7.213mt received by Graincorp to 7 December 2020.  I recon we could see 8mt, possibly 8.5mt by the end of January.

And this is obviously incomplete - more mt no doubt in other storage networks.
james.au

The volumes are most definitely pleasing to all concerned.  Are silos now being cleared for export by trains?
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

7.213mt received by Graincorp to 7 December 2020.  I recon we could see 8mt, possibly 8.5mt by the end of January.

And this is obviously incomplete - more mt no doubt in other storage networks.

The volumes are most definitely pleasing to all concerned.  Are silos now being cleared for export by trains?
NSWGR8022
Trains are running to the NSW ports. Enough trains to expose the shortcomings of the supply chain.
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

7.213mt received by Graincorp to 7 December 2020.  I recon we could see 8mt, possibly 8.5mt by the end of January.

And this is obviously incomplete - more mt no doubt in other storage networks.

The volumes are most definitely pleasing to all concerned.  Are silos now being cleared for export by trains?
NSWGR8022
Trains are running to the NSW ports. Enough trains to expose the shortcomings of the supply chain.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
7.213mt received by Graincorp to 7 December 2020.  I recon we could see 8mt, possibly 8.5mt by the end of January.

And this is obviously incomplete - more mt no doubt in other storage networks.

The volumes are most definitely pleasing to all concerned.  Are silos now being cleared for export by trains?
NSWGR8022

Trains from four different operators are running around the clock. However you only run them if you have a ship to load or adequate storage at the port or the mill, otherwise you keep it up country for later.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
A busy time at The Rock, Southern NSW. Plenty of grain pouring into the Emerald Grain site there.

Its chaos....but of the organised kind! Our site at The Rock (southern NSW) is having a BIG year.

Receivals over the past week have hit over 1,000t per hour all while averaging a truck turn-around time of 28 minutes! Well done to the team at The Rock and all our other sites who have done such a fantastic job in efficiently managing grower receivals, meaning the headers are kept rolling!

Excellent hourly rate also excellent turn around time for the trucks, this is what a great boss & managers with a well organised team can achieve.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/emeraldgrainaustralia/posts/?ref=page_internal

Does grain generally from here go to Port Kembla/Newcastle or Victoria ?

BigShunter.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Does grain generally from here go to Port Kembla/Newcastle or Victoria ?
BigShunter
Id say very rare that it would end up in Newcastle.  Probably a good chance that it would go either way, historically more towards PtK given the varietal consistency with other Southern NSW receivals (Note 1) but thats changed and more varieties are consistent between SNSW and Vic these days allowing for consistent shipments to go out.  Emerald is Victorian based so good chance that this stuff may go south, but you also never know with the trading that goes on post harvest between the marketers to assemble their shipments in the relevant silos (eg Emerald may trade 500 tonnes of grain in Silo A with Graincorp that has 500 tonnes in Silo B so that each of Emerald and GrainCorp has 1000 tonnes in the respective silo, to make for a more efficiently transportable package of grain.

1. Yes - state boundaries defined what wheat varieties were developed and grown and the 'different' climatological conditions meant that varieties grown on different sides of the Murray went to different customers given the border.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

VicSig has photos of the same loco combination (44206-CLF3-CLP12-RL302) with empty grains to NSW on Sat 5 Dec (7MC1) and Mon 7 Dec (2MC1) and unloading at Appleton Dock on the Saturday:
https://vicsig.net/photos/latestphotos
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
VicSig has photos of the same loco combination (44206-CLF3-CLP12-RL302) with empty grains to NSW on Sat 5 Dec (7MC1) and Mon 7 Dec (2MC1) and unloading at Appleton Dock on the Saturday:
https://vicsig.net/photos/latestphotos
kitchgp
I reckon your on the money there kitchgp, just looking at Emerald's web page, their nominated port is in Melbourne and I think I remember Emerald has some sort of financial partnership with Appleton Dock. I remember the first train load of grain Emerald sent to Melbourne from one of it's sites in Southern NSW, was in Railway Digest or similar.

Anyway where ever the grain is going, they have plenty to cart !!

https://emeraldgrain.com/growerservices/store-and-move-grain/our-network/

BigShunter.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Yes SSR is loading 50 wagons every second day for Emerald at The Rock bound for Appleton Dock.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Yes SSR is loading 50 wagons every second day for Emerald at The Rock bound for Appleton Dock.
bingley hall
Thanks Bingley, was going to give you a yell but forgot.

Emerald has every informative website if you actually read it.

NSW sites.

The Rock Storage & Handling Facility. The site has storage capacity for 200,000 mt.

The combination of bins, sheds and bunkers provides for the storage of a broad range of segregations based on seasonal requirements.

Road access: Road access to the site is B-Double Concessional.

The weighbridge will single weigh a vehicle of up to 36m long.

Rail access: The site is located on the Boree Creek – The Rock line and capable of loading a full block train in under 4 hours.


Coolamon Storage & Handling Facility.  The site has storage capacity for 120,000 mt.

Road Access: Road access to the site is B-Double Concessional. The weighbridge will single weigh a vehicle of up to 36m long.

Rail Access: The site is located on the Junee – Griffith Line and capable of loading a full block train in under 4 hours.

Ardlethan Storage & Handling Facility. The site has storage capacity for 120,000mt.  The site is currently undergoing a 3 stage upgrade in terms of capacity and rail access.

The combination of bins and bunkers provides for the storage of a broad range of segregations based on seasonal requirements.

Road Access: The weighbridge will single way a vehicle of up to 36m in length

Rail Access: The site is located on the Temora-Griffith Line and capable of loading a full block train in under 4 hours.

Goolgowi Storage & Handling Facility. The site has storage capacity for 80,000 mt.

The combination of bins and bunkers provides for the storage of a broad range of segregations based on seasonal requirements.

Road access: Road access is road train capable

Rail access: The site is located on the Griffith – Hillston Line and capable of loading a full block train in under 4 hours.

So Bingley do you know if all Emeralds grain goes to Melbourne, if it does that's one hell of a lot of grain. They certainly have set their sites up for efficient grain discharge.

BigShunter.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Yes SSR is loading 50 wagons every second day for Emerald at The Rock bound for Appleton Dock.
Thanks Bingley, was going to give you a yell but forgot.

Emerald has every informative website if you actually read it.

......

So Bingley do you know if all Emeralds grain goes to Melbourne, if it does that's one hell of a lot of grain. They certainly have set their sites up for efficient grain discharge.

BigShunter.
BigShunter

Not sure on that one. Only time will tell as the season progress.

I think Australian Bulk Alliance (ABA) did a lot of the initial set up an investment and were then bought out by Emerald.

EDIT: Should have added, of course quite a few SSR BG workings are unloading at Appleton Dock for Emerald.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Spotted this on GrainCorps Facebook page the other day, so the grain starts leaving our shores again, good news for farmers, economy & the whole country, I guess.

The first shipment of grain is ready to sail from Port Kembla tomorrow, after years of exports sitting at a standstill.

Vessel movements are expected to be constant for months, bringing excitement from the coast to the country.


https://www.facebook.com/WINNewsIllawarra/videos/716453622347548/

BigShunter.

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