Just a bit of a round up of the West Wimmera from the last weekish, the mad rush of harvest up to Christmas didn't happen this year and last week saw not a lot of harvesting done at all. Weather conditions weren't too friendly, showers earlier in the week and cool days, by mid arvo some may have got the harvester cranked up but not many.
Most people would be finishing up with their Barley and waiting to hook into the Wheat, which really requires 30+ deg and low humidity. Another reason fires are a constant worry.
As said over in the Portalnd thread, Lilimur, Sout West of Kaniva has ceased rail transportation of their grain due to the silo's being condemned and are currently trucking their grain to Portland down through Edenhope and Casterton. Both Nhill & Lillimur are having ball busting receivals and on track for record harvest intake.
Just regarding Lillimur, they have had some big changes and smartened up their operation big time. A couple of years ago they were luck to take 50,000 tonne a year, the last couple best part of a 100,000 and as a matter of fact, during the last few days ticked over 106,000 tonne and they haven't started stripping wheat yet. They are also at the minute constructing a couple of new bunkers so well done to the team out there.
Probably 10 years ago Vittera opend at Dooen with a very well equipped and up to date site and got bugger all support for a couple of years, GrainFlow and GrainCorp ruled the roost, a mate who lives North of Horsham used to cart their grain to Dimboola because it was a very well run site, well things change and the same fellow delivered mainly to Vittera this year, there's some big and productive farms in that area, hot competition in the grain industry.
So fingers crossed for some fine hot weather to finish this big harvest off, may be looking like towards the middle of Jan before she's over red rover.
and may god save the road to portland from kaniva because nothing saved the governor general !
you also know it's a bloody good year when this district is having a great yearhttps://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-12-23/bumper-grain-crop-millewa-after-worst-drought-in-70-years/12984612