Receival queues a byproduct of ongoing bumper harvest

GrainCorp responds to concerns of ballooning wait times at grain receival sites | Photos

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The line up of trucks at the Walgett receival as captured from above by George Williams Landscape Photography, Walgett.

The line up of trucks at the Walgett receival as captured from above by George Williams Landscape Photography, Walgett.

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High yields and a rush to harvest as much as possible before rain events leads to long wait times.

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AS impending rain events loom over growers across the state and southern Queensland, lines at grain receivals continue to grow longer.

Across the state queues of trucks snake through the gates of GrainCorp sites and in some cases, stretch as far as four kilometres.

Some growers have reported wait times of up to five hours at receivals across the state.

Adding to the pressures is a shortage of available truck drivers across the state and beyond.

GrainCorp's corporate affairs manger Jess Simons responded to the concerns by saying the company was doing everything it could to make the process as easy as possible for growers.

"We've expanded our storage network this year by adding one million tonnes of new storage capacity and re-opening another 500,000 tonnes of 'flex' storage, with more to be announced in the coming weeks," Ms Simons said.

"We've also heavily invested in our stacker fleet and have employed over 3,000 harvest casuals across the network to manage the task."

Recent rain events and predictions of more over the coming days are major factors to the delays, but Ms Simons said the bumper yields were also playing a part.

"It's looking like another bumper crop for NSW growers and our teams are moving trucks through as quickly as possible but at some sites, there can be delays while we work through segregation planning and bunker filling," she said.

"Traffic increases at our sites when other bulk handlers close early, or when rain events are expected but we are doing everything we can to meet the requirements of the industry.

"We're also seeing a mix of commodities come through at the moment as opposed to the usual pattern of canola and barley deliveries coming before wheat deliveries, which impacts our elevator capacity.

"Overall, it's really important that growers stay in touch with their local site managers to let us know what's coming down the road so that we can do our best to accommodate them before they get to site."

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