July 25, 2008


Australia's south coast to get record grain harvest


Australia's south-coast is on track to produce one of its biggest harvests on record after droughts cut production drastically last year, according to Co-operative Bulk Handling, a Western Australian grain handler.


Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) is predicting an eight to 10 million-tonne harvest this season.


The Albany region is expected to produce over one quarter of that total.


Operations manager of CBH Colin Tutt says Albany should top its previous record of 2.7 million tonnes of grain, based on increased plantings and good rainfall.


Mr Tutt says rapeseed plantings have increased by 30 percent this year, with growers keen to cash in on high grain prices.


However in the Esperance district, the season's harvest is expected to be more than half a million tonnes down on last year due to lack of rain, according to CBH Esperance Zone Manager Mick Daw.

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