Growers responded positively to news of Emerald Grain’s $3 million upgrade to the Elmore storage site that will double its capacity.CATHY WALKER August 11, 2014 3:10pm
The upgrade will also speed up turnaround times and accommodate larger grain trucks, including B-doubles.
Emerald Grain managing director John Murray hosted a function for croppers at Elmore Events Centre last Thursday.
Artists’ concept drawings of the improvements showed what the revamped site would look like, but growers didn’t need diagrams. They could quickly picture the best bit.
‘‘Anything that speeds up harvest time has to be a good thing,’’ Muskerry farmer Mick Byrne said.
‘‘We’ve got bigger trucks and headers — everything’s got big; we have to move with the times.’’
Mr Byrne doesn’t spend harvest in truck queues: he’s waiting in the header for the trucks to return.
But Creek View cropper Chris Nihill has spent many hours waiting to unload at Elmore and said sitting around was always the worst part of harvest; he too welcomed the Emerald investment.
Mr Murray said the investment would be judged by growers’ responses to the upgraded site.
As an incentive, anyone delivering 100
There was a refreshing honesty at the Emerald Grain charm offensive, when supply chain and operations group general manager Ron McCalman candidly admitted to the audience that the company had lost some currency with growers.
‘‘We had really good support when we came to the district but that support has waned; we understand that,’’ Mr McCalman said.
He said the planned upgrades were in response to feedback from local growers.
‘‘While the site delivered strong competition in the area, it did not allow as efficient truck turnaround times as growers would have liked at harvest,’’ Mr McCalman said. ‘‘We’ve taken the feedback on board.’’
The investment will include new roadways, a new sample platform and office, an extra weighbridge, and new bunkers suitable for receival from drive-over stackers.
The extra bunkers will more than double storage capacity from 50
Mr McCalman said the investment was part of Emerald Grain’s and its owner Sumitomo’s wider strategy to invest in key grain assets in south-eastern Australia which lead into its ports in Melbourne and Port Kembla.
‘‘We are committed to investment in Victoria’s supply chain to create more competition for growers’ grain,’’ Mr McCalman said.
‘‘Our aim is to provide growers with an efficient, alternative pathway to markets like Asia and the Middle East.’’
Grain from Elmore is trucked to Emerald Grain’s Melbourne port terminal, which exports up to 1.5
Steven James Bradley found guilty of murdering Michelle Buckingham
With her effective left hand in particular, Chelsea Hanley retained the Victorian Under 17 junior welterweight title last Sunday with a convincing points decision victory.
It has been a successful year for Bega Cheese, which reflects on Tatura Milk Industries, with chair Barry Irvin announcing recently that Bega Cheese’s normalised earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation was $55.7 million and normalised profit after tax of $22 million.
STUNNING rare footage of brolga chicks in the wild has highlighted the importance of being able to deliver environmental water to a swamp near Dingee.
TIMMERING Holstein breeders Scott and Nirrelle Somerville are thrilled with the announcement of their Holstein cow Somerelle Leader Lassco as the 2015 Australian Cow of the Year.
Great Race helps a great cause
Hundreds flock to Avenel to learn a thing or three.
Tocumwal Lions Club has plans to purchase the Bowling Club site for an aged care facility, which will only happen if the merger between the Tocumwal bowls and golf clubs proceeds.
A NASTY run-in with a kangaroo on the Northern Hwy between Melbourne and Echuca has convinced one regular traveller on the road the question of a cull needs to be addressed.
Three Cobram teens have been arrested by police after they allegedly stole tractors from Cobram and Tocumwal and caused about $30 000 in damage.
Deniliquin footballers Will Shaw and Cooper Wallace (pictured) have gone head-to-head with the state’s best at the recent AFL NSW/ACT Joss Under-14 State Zone Trials in Albury.
The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has acknowledged the completion of negotiations under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), noting modest but important gains made for the Australian dairy industry in improving access to global markets.
Benalla banded together to raise $2000 for the Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century (A21).
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.