Grain Harvest 2020-21

 
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
I suggest you PM Y115 the question. I believe they top up at different ports, but I guess only if a profit can be made on the stop.

Rick

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  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
After yesterdays rain moved across the Wimmera a few people messaged me, 10 - 15ml seemed to be about the mark, depends on where you are located of course but both said it was terribly dry and the rain they had would do little other than settle the dust for a few days..
Things are starting to sound a bit tough for the farming people in the region. I guess there would be a few areas that have had more rain previous and yesterdays event will be very welcome. Looks like the closer Bendigo the better, Donald how's your situation locally ? Will it end up duck country this year ?

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/wimmera_mallee.shtml

Some really good rainfall in the North East.

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/index.shtml?ref=hdr

BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

After yesterdays rain moved across the Wimmera a few people messaged me, 10 - 15ml seemed to be about the mark, depends on where you are located of course but both said it was terribly dry and the rain they had would do little other than settle the dust for a few days..
Things are starting to sound a bit tough for the farming people in the region. I guess there would be a few areas that have had more rain previous and yesterdays event will be very welcome. Looks like the closer Bendigo the better, Donald how's your situation locally ? Will it end up duck country this year ?

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/wimmera_mallee.shtml

Some really good rainfall in the North East.

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/index.shtml?ref=hdr

BigShunter.
BigShunter
Hints in the extended forecasts of a strong cold front around June 8-9.  We shall see.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Duck opening this morning.
Long way to walk into Little Lake Buloke for the hunters & protesters after 10 mls of rain yesterday.  Tracks too sticky to drive on.

Most crops in around here, so any rain is good.
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Mooroopna had 18 ml in town.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Read it and weep.  2/3 of grain received at Geelong Port was by road.  Shameful:
https://www.theland.com.au/story/7280930/monster-grain-export-program-set-to-continue/?cs=4942
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Read it and weep.  2/3 of grain received at Geelong Port was by road.  Shameful:
https://www.theland.com.au/story/7280930/monster-grain-export-program-set-to-continue/?cs=4942
Carnot
Considering the number of trucks that I have seen when out and about, I am not surprised. Also, considering the number of boom strikes at Separation St and North Shore Rd Level Crossings, again I am not surprised.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Read it and weep.  2/3 of grain received at Geelong Port was by road.  Shameful:
https://www.theland.com.au/story/7280930/monster-grain-export-program-set-to-continue/?cs=4942
Carnot
Well one way or another they are getting the grain to port and off overseas, you might be able to say with such a big harvest to shift the trucks are going to increase big time, especially in the arc of a couple of hundred k's, however a much simpler path South of Maryborough would vastly improve the situation Rolling Eyes

This was highlighted by the Ouyen Freight hub people last week, not that speedemon08 would agree, inferring they were whining and should fix the problem themselves.

I think there is a lot more companies would benefit greatly with what has turned into a bloody cock up from Maryborough to port and not a single word on a future plan from the Gov't !!

BigShunter.
  Rossco T Chief Train Controller

Location: Camberwell, Victoria
Well one way or another they are getting the grain to port and off overseas, you might be able to say with such a big harvest to shift the trucks are going to increase big time, especially in the arc of a couple of hundred k's, however a much simpler path South of Maryborough would vastly improve the situation Rolling Eyes

This was highlighted by the Ouyen Freight hub people last week, not that speedemon08 would agree, inferring they were whining and should fix the problem themselves.

I think there is a lot more companies would benefit greatly with what has turned into a bloody cock up from Maryborough to port and not a single word on a future plan from the Gov't !!

BigShunter.
BigShunter

Maybe the Ouyen group should investigate shifting their proposed site 50km east to Manangatang, then they would benefit from a much faster route to port, direct from Maryborough via Ballarat to Geelong.

Ross
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
Read it and weep.  2/3 of grain received at Geelong Port was by road.  Shameful:
https://www.theland.com.au/story/7280930/monster-grain-export-program-set-to-continue/?cs=4942
Carnot
That's just sad. I wonder how much damage it's doing to the roads which in turn, will eventually need more maintenance and/or run into disrepair just like the rail lines.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

I can assure you that many of the roads leading into Geelong are trashed.

Similar story for many of the heavy vehicle routes in Northern Vic.

I suspect many of the grain companies would love to be able to have more train services running. Access has been a bit difficult at times.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
BigShunter.[/quote]
Maybe the Ouyen group should investigate shifting their proposed site 50km east to Manangatang, then they would benefit from a much faster route to port, direct from Maryborough via Ballarat to Geelong.

Ross[/quote]

What... come on Rossco  fair suck of the sauce bottle, not winding me up by any chance !

Traveling on that goat track and faster trip to port, I'd like to see the figures on that one. And don't start me on about this line and the lack of Gov't action and once again no plan b when things go bang. They ( gov ) seem to have any number of advisory committees but do not listen to any advise from them. Stick Kulalai in charge for a while, if he's game, give the joint a bit of a shake up.

Have you been swilling down the Red Bull again ?

BigShunter.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
A few showers across the Western region in the last 12 or so hours, accompanied by some fairly blustery winds. It was a pig of a day here in Adelaide yesterday, anyway a few reports of 7-10 and up towards 20ml in you were in the right spot, just enough to keep things damp and still looking for a good soaking.
Days are getting very short as we head towards the shortest day of the year, not a very productive time of the year.

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/wimmera_mallee.shtml

BigShunter,
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Certainly great to see more rain.  Not huge totals in Mallee sadly.  Hopefully more this week.

Plenty of grain being carted out of Deniliquin at present by rail.  SSR loaded there on Sunday, and are doing so again today.  A bit of a rush before a whole lot more shutdowns due to Sunbury line upgrades and re-railing the mainline near Macedon.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Certainly great to see more rain.  Not huge totals in Mallee sadly.  Hopefully more this week.

Plenty of grain being carted out of Deniliquin at present by rail.  SSR loaded there on Sunday, and are doing so again today.  A bit of a rush before a whole lot more shutdowns due to Sunbury line upgrades and re-railing the mainline near Macedon.
Carnot
Plus two month shutdown Epsom - Echuca July & August for rthe Echuca line track upgrade. So  Echuca gets full bustitution for 2 months.  Don,t know what happens with Denny rice and grain as VLP's failure yet again to maintain Toolamba - echuca as fit for purpose freight now means that line is untrafficable again and no mention in State budget of capex $ to fix it up again.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Certainly great to see more rain.  Not huge totals in Mallee sadly.  Hopefully more this week.

Plenty of grain being carted out of Deniliquin at present by rail.  SSR loaded there on Sunday, and are doing so again today.  A bit of a rush before a whole lot more shutdowns due to Sunbury line upgrades and re-railing the mainline near Macedon.
Plus two month shutdown Epsom - Echuca July & August for rthe Echuca line track upgrade. So  Echuca gets full bustitution for 2 months.  Don,t know what happens with Denny rice and grain as VLP's failure yet again to maintain Toolamba - echuca as fit for purpose freight now means that line is untrafficable again and no mention in State budget of capex $ to fix it up again.
kuldalai
Yep.  I'm wondering whether SunRice will truck containerized rice to Tocumwal for railing to Melb if the Toolamba option is not available?

Incidentally, still no sign of Qube Deni rice trains yet.  In 2011 when the service restarted, 3rd June was the return date...
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
A very timely rain band across the Wimmera yesterday, some very good falls. Kaniva 30+mls, Nhill 28, similar Dimboola & Horsham. Perhaps lightened off for the Northern Wimmera and across towards Charlton, Birchip and Donald.

Wimmera sees the wettest 48 hours since January was the Wimmera, MailTimes headlines not that you can see the story usless
you cough up $$$... bastards

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR95D.loop.shtml#skip

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/wimmera_mallee.shtml

There was supposed to be follow up rain today but that has done a runner.

BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

A very timely rain band across the Wimmera yesterday, some very good falls. Kaniva 30+mls, Nhill 28, similar Dimboola & Horsham. Perhaps lightened off for the Northern Wimmera and across towards Charlton, Birchip and Donald.

Wimmera sees the wettest 48 hours since January was the Wimmera, MailTimes headlines not that you can see the story usless
you cough up $$$... bastards

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR95D.loop.shtml#skip

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/wimmera_mallee.shtml

There was supposed to be follow up rain today but that has done a runner.

BigShunter.
BigShunter
At least the BOM is a free website!  The rain this week is like $$$ dropping from the sky...

Worth noting the soil moisture profiles from last week.  Crops around Elmore and Raywood are going to go gangbusters this winter, and shallow level moisture in Wimmera should improve markedly after this week:
https://dbiweb.createsend.com/campaigns/reports/viewCampaign.aspx?d=r&c=773D828888450023&ID=31DAD167681A57402540EF23F30FEDED

Incidentally, SSR are loading at Deniliquin today.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
Dare I say it, but good falls for the Mallee are due again next week. They've had some showers this week and are getting more as this is typed. Fingers crossed.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
The round up of the week in the rainfall department was very respectable for most of the Wimmera possibly a bit light in the
North & East.

Kanivia 40+ mls, Nhill 30ish and Laharum 35ish, nice soaking rain too. So these places will be in good shape for the next month or so and a few showers here and there will see them through till the end of July when the the days get longer and warm up a bit.

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/awap/rain/index.jsp?colour=colour&time=latest&step=0&map=totals&period=week&area=vc

This map gives a bit of an idea how the rain fell, only a rough idea, the only real thing that can tell the tail is your rain gauge on
your back fence. But over all I think most of the farmers will be smiling at the moment.

BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Someone needs to give the ARTC and various Governments a big kick up the backside over the Portland line mess.

Anyway, some shenanigans in Northern Vic this past few days.  A PN grainy has been stuck at Elmore since Friday morning.  Was meant to head back Friday evening but for some reason it hasn't budged since then!

Paths are a problem atm with Sunbury night shutdowns, along with yard stabling limitations in Bendigo due to Bio-wash construction.

No wonder trucks are taking over.
  Lachlan's Train Channel Junior Train Controller

Location: probably taking a photo of 7901V

Incidentally, still no sign of Qube Deni rice trains yet.  In 2011 when the service restarted, 3rd June was the return date...
Carnot
I heard mice got to the crop. No idea if it's true though....
  Carnot Minister for Railways


Incidentally, still no sign of Qube Deni rice trains yet.  In 2011 when the service restarted, 3rd June was the return date...I heard mice got to the crop. No idea if it's true though....
Lachlan's Train Channel
Although it had some impact, the crop is still a decent 475000 tonnes:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-30/riverina-rice-revival/100136432
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

Someone needs to give the ARTC and various Governments a big kick up the backside over the Portland line mess.

Anyway, some shenanigans in Northern Vic this past few days.  A PN grainy has been stuck at Elmore since Friday morning.  Was meant to head back Friday evening but for some reason it hasn't budged since then!

Paths are a problem atm with Sunbury night shutdowns, along with yard stabling limitations in Bendigo due to Bio-wash construction.

No wonder trucks are taking over.
Carnot
Waiting for a Hoover.
  Lachlan's Train Channel Junior Train Controller

Location: probably taking a photo of 7901V

Incidentally, still no sign of Qube Deni rice trains yet.  In 2011 when the service restarted, 3rd June was the return date...I heard mice got to the crop. No idea if it's true though....Although it had some impact, the crop is still a decent 475000 tonnes:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-30/riverina-rice-revival/100136432
Carnot
Glad to hear. Remains to be seen when the train will resume

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