Segregations released to aid crop planning

11-07-2018 by admin

NEW ROLE: Viterra’s western region operation manager James Murray will oversee operations across the Eyre Peninsula, as well as Port Lincoln and Thevenard.

THERE will be no major shakeups in segregations for the Lower Eyre Peninsula this year, with Viterra incorporating local growers’ planting intentions into their 2016 preliminary segregation plan.

The scheme, which has only recently been released, wasdeveloped following post-harvest meetings with Strategic Site Committee chairs and localsilocommittees, as well as important input fromindividual farmers.

Viterra group operations manager Michael Hill said localgrowerswould continue to have their needs met.

“There have not been significant changes to segregations on the Lower EP, but Compass segregations are still to be confirmed; plus the sites, varieties and grades for lentils,” he said.

“We have released the information early to give growers a better indication of the segregations that will be at sites as they plan for the upcoming season.”

Mr Hill said it was important to note the preliminary plan was subject to change following further consultation with growers and depending on seasonal conditions.

“Some sitesegregations will be determined when we have a clearer picture of crop conditions in those areas,” he said.

“Viterra is continuing to hold grower meetings in the region and consult with its Strategic Site Committee chairs and silo committees in order to get a clearer picture of commodities being grown in the area.

“We encourage growers to provide feedback so we can work with them to reflect what is being grown in their region.”

Lower EP growers can contact theoperations coordinators at each site, which arelisted on the plan,or their local Strategic Site Committee chairs to provide feedback.

Viterra has also announced that thewestern region will have a new operations manager this season, withJames Murray transferring from the central region.

“He will oversee upcountry operations across the EP as well as Port Lincoln and Thevenard,” Mr Hill said.

“Mr Murray brings significant experience to the role.Prior to joining Viterra,Mr Murray was operations manager for GrainCorp in Vic and terminal manager in Qld.”

​More than 1.22 million tonnes of grain have been shipped from the Port Lincoln terminal this season.

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