Grain Harvest 2019-20

 
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
SCS = Spencer Street Station in Wictoria.
Southern Cross is between Bodallin and Lake Julia in WA; 405 km east of Perth.
Yes, even I know what FFS means!
Rolling Eyes

PS: Wot does PURLA stand for?
YM-Mundrabilla

Razz... naa that's just my hill billy speak, Purla or Rippa Rip Snorta I seem to get funny looks from people most of the time, think my lingo fits the 1970's fairly well but doesn't cut the mustard with a lot these days Rolling Eyes reckon most need to just take the foot off the throttle open ya eye and smell the roses but some probably don't know what a bloody rose is.

I generally keep the communication straight ta the point, say what ya mean and mean what ya say !! and a handfull of horse play thrown in it keeps people on edge Wink No confusion that way.

BigShunter.

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  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Re Abbreviations or Acronyms:

John O'Grady wrote a book called "The Things They Do To You"; an account of his stay in a hospital. One of his ward mates told of his wife who had "kidney problems".  Her specialist told them that "She might have to have an IVP because there's danger of a UTI." "Is that so", says her husband, " well you'd better POQ because there's danger of a K in the A."

(IVP = Intra Veinous Pyelogram; UTI = Urinary Tract Infection; POQ = Piss Off Quickly, and K in the A is obvious.)
  megahertz Station Staff

Location: In the hills
Jokingly, so a TLA could describe a 2-letter acronym or a 3-letter acronym (or 20 or 30) to the uninformed and iggerant peasant like me. An excellent example of potential confusion. SmileSmile
YM-Mundrabilla

The joke in the department was that TLA did mean two-letter acronym, but we ran out of those so re-designated it as three-letter acronym (17576 available combinations, up from 676!)

Even within the department, there was confusion as to the meaning of some TLAs.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Had about 8 trains in a row at Nhill, feed barley, apparently all heading north.
  Richard stroker Junior Train Controller

Busy times up your way Wobert? Would you know what operators are running the trains. Is it all PN?
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Yeah Dickie, all PN
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Apparently the Dimboola to Rainbow line has been booked out of service. What an absolute disgrace if true, especially during a bumper season.

Contemptible and idiotic if there's no intention to get it open again.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Apparently the Dimboola to Rainbow line has been booked out of service. What an absolute disgrace if true, especially during a bumper season.

Contemptible and idiotic if there's no intention to get it open again.
Carnot
Not making excuses for the lack of maintenance but usually grain doesn't start shifting till March or so.....make of that what you will.

A balmy 38 at the minute Exclamation

BigShunter.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Reports in from Temora region - harvest has been over for most for about a week or more.  It should only be finishing up for the earliest about now.  2-3 bag average, (approx 0.2 t/ha at most), so pretty devastating year again....
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Reports in from Temora region - harvest has been over for most for about a week or more.  It should only be finishing up for the earliest about now.  2-3 bag average, (approx 0.2 t/ha at most), so pretty devastating year again....
james.au
at that rate they MIGHT harvest enough seed to have another go at planting next year. no way it would have covered costs. Would be leaning on insurance, assuming they could have afforded it in the first place.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
With the current Blast of Heat straight from the Cauldron of Hell, some modified operating hours for GrainFlow Dimmy, would not be surprised if most grain recieval joints will do the same.

Dimmy will operate from 6.00am till 11.00 and re-open 8.00pm till 12.00am. Excellent idea far too hot to be out in the sun today, hot enough standing at grain bunkers most of the day getting covered in road & grain dust in 35 deg, you'd have people dropping like fies.

Generally across the Wimmera low  40's.


https://www.willyweather.com.au/vic/wimmera/horsham.html

https://www.willyweather.com.au/vic/mallee/donald.html

https://www.willyweather.com.au/vic/wimmera/nhill.html

And 35ish here just for the record.

BigShunter.

ps; hope no fires break out today..........or any day as a matter of fact.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Nhill GrainCorp crack 150000 tonne today
  cbinyon Train Controller

Location: London, England
SSR BG grainy running to Sea Lake tonight. First train out that way in a few months. Still no sign of PN restarting their BG grains as yet.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Nhill at 196000 tonnes, apparently new record by a fair bit. Winding down but still coming. Lilimur  somewhere around 70 to 80 thousand.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
second thoughts, the bloke that told me not that reliable, so I'm a bit iffy on those figures.
  Richard stroker Junior Train Controller

Wobert , are you suggesting the last two zeros on your figures were in fact beeer googles?
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Uuuummmm  but I've definitayy def def got em on now after thely boxing day races.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Afternoon troops getting close to one of the last pitch reports from me for the year, as the harvest is getting close to winding up. On our safari to the Mornington Peninsular an observation of Dimmy GrainFlow shows a mountain of grain on site, would not surprise me if they have pasted the 200,000 tonne mark, very pleasing.

Reports of Excellent grain crops, plenty of Barley well over 30 bags / acre and 39 was at the peek. Wheat doing very well also. Dimmy site still open till 11.00pm so obviously still receiving plenty of inwards grain. As mentioned previously by a few of us, baled hay for as far as the eye can see ( with the exception of wobert ) also of interest, plenty of the crew with massive crops of barley are now cutting and baling it, nice work getting a double whammy off the one paddock.....make the most of it while you can.

Just a ruff calculation if Dimmy is holding about 200,000 tonne, GrainCorp Mutoa would be similar, possibly another 200 at Nhill and you wouldn't have to look very far for another couple of hundred, so it would not be unrealistic for 1,000,000 tonne of grain out of the Wimmera this season.

Fantastic for the farmers but also fantastic for everyone else who is stricken by drought throughout the rest of Australia. The Wimmera farmers have really held the torch in the harvest dept the last few years, so make the most of it, the shoe may be on the other foot next year.
As a side note there was a mountain of grain at the Viterra site at Serviceton as I Barreled past on the Overland yesterday....will do a report on that tomorrow.


BigShunter.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Nhill at 200000 plus, Liliimur closed, full,90000 or so.  $60 price difference yesterday between Keith SA and Nhill/Dimboola, so a fair bit coming from SA.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
And speak of the devil, here we go;

Wimmera harvest 2020: GrainCorp receives record amounts at Nhill, Lillimur, Rainbow and Warracknabeal

It comes as GrainCorp has confirmed it has received record amounts of grain from surrounding growers at its Lillimur, Nhill, Rainbow and Warracknabeal sites.

GrainCorp's southern supply chain senior manager Craig Cochrane said growers gave its Nhill site a record 200,000 tonnes of product during harvest.

"The crop was amazing and it rained at the right times (in the Wimmera) across the year," he said.

The grain from the Wimmera was being transported to northern New South Wales and Queensland feedlots.

"It's going to help out (cattle) farmers. There is a multi-million tonne grain shortage at the moment and Wimmera grain is going to help fill that," he said.

He said detailed data on the amount of grain each site received was due to be released on Friday.   looking forward to that and would be great if All Grain  Co's did the same.



Flogged from the WimmeraMailTimes facebook site. .

BigShunter.

forgot the link just for good measure: https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/wimmera-harvest-2020-graincorp-receives-record-amounts-at-nhill-lillimur-rainbow-and-warracknabeal
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

I note that Rainbow is one of the sites with record amounts of grain received. Does this mean that V/Line will now re-open the track (which was recently booked out of use due to poor track condition? Then again, they say that PacNat are running a train daily out of Warrackside, maybe they are roading the grain across?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I note that Rainbow is one of the sites with record amounts of grain received. Does this mean that V/Line will now re-open the track (which was recently booked out of use due to poor track condition? Then again, they say that PacNat are running a train daily out of Warrackside, maybe they are roading the grain across?
hbedriver

V/Line needs to get off its smeg and get that track sorted now for the harvest.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Don't worry Bevans, the local councils are rolling in money, they'll fix up all the totally shagged roads. sarc
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Don't worry Bevans, the local councils are rolling in money, they'll fix up all the totally shagged roads. sarc
wobert

Yes is the real problem isn't it.  V/Line screw up the rail network, more trucks and the councils have to find the money.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Quite a few interstate trains are loading in Vic and carting it to Newcastle or Port Kembla for export.  It sounds like operators that use those ports have export contracts to fill but they have to go all the way to Western Vic to get the grain.

Meanwhile, no movement on the nearby Portland line yet...  Is anyone willing to invest in better facilities there for grain trains?

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