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NSW grain exports going gangbusters

NSW grain exports going gangbusters

GrainCorp is celebrating its millionth tonne of grain to be exported via the Port of Newcastle, largely wheat and sorghum from the Liverpool Plains to Moree in say’s north.

Key points:

  • Graincorp’s Newcastle terminal will export its millionth tonne of NSW grain
  • Growers direct engaging planning became the most important in getting a factual publish-drought cut
  • No subject excessive yields, mice are inflicting headaches for growers and exporters

A grain ship lag for China is due to go this day taking the milestone load of sorghum.

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A bumper harvest all the plot in which via northern New South Wales has ended in a huge turnaround for grain exports via Newcastle, which were non-existent for the previous three years due to crippling drought. 

GrainCorp’s Northern Provide Chain manager Josh Connell acknowledged worldwide markets were stable and exports were ramping up.

A long pipe drops red sorghum grains into the hold of a large ship.

GrainCorp loading sorghum onto a grain ship lag for China in the Port of Newcastle.(

ABC Newcastle: Liz Farquhar


“The limiting factor for the time being is doubtlessly more about the freight to fetch it to the port, no longer the flexibility to fetch it on a ship.”

Mr Connell acknowledged the crew on the Newcastle terminal had expanded fleet to address the additional search recordsdata from.

“A most important rebuild for lawful about all our industry, us incorporated,” he acknowledged.

“Labour hasn’t been moderately as free-flowing as we would get hold of cherished however the fellows get hold of long gone from about 16 to having shut to 80 on for the time being.

“So or no longer it is miles a huge job no longer easiest discovering them but getting all of them on and educated and competent.”

Trim management the most important

Round 190 kilometres north-west of the Port of Newcastle sits the Campbell family’s mixed cropping and livestock operation on the fringes of Merriwa.

two men  and two dogs in front of a pile of grain in a shed

Father and son grain growers Ron (left) and Note Campbell are celebrating a factual grain yield on their property in Merriwa.(

ABC Upper Hunter: Bridget Murphy


Note Campbell acknowledged last 300 and sixty five days’s yield simply outranked the previous few seasons, with this 300 and sixty five days’s virtually as stable. 

“We’ve doubtlessly hit some novel records last 300 and sixty five days, but no longer every little thing went as effectively as we hoped [this year] due to several environmental components like mice and hail,” he acknowledged.

“The canola went two-and-a-half to a pair tonnes to the hectare, which is quite first price.

Mr Campbell place the success of the previous two crops the whole kind down to his father Ron’s focal level on preparation, and a conservative formula to drought management.

He acknowledged their planning averted them from desiring to make use of too powerful grain for livestock feeding.

Ron Campbell acknowledged the significance of conserving some cut for fodder became something he learned from his get hold of father.

“We did no longer need to acquire in any hay [during the drought] the least bit,” he acknowledged.

“That’s how we were in a position to soar attend into rising straight away.”

a pile of grain in a shed with a tractor parked in front of it

The Campbell family has taken a factual yield of grain over the previous two seasons.(

ABC Upper Hunter: Bridget Murphy


Put up-drought efficiency

MarketAg grain analyst Note Martin acknowledged despite COVID-19 and the residual impacts of the drought recent yields had been in particular stable.

He acknowledged beefy credit rating went to farmers and their strategic management of crops at some level of and after the drought.

“In for the time being and age, farmers are inclined to rotate their country,” he acknowledged.

“Typically, direct a 3,000-hectare farm would easiest be producing 2,000 hectares whereas they’re resting the heaps of 1,000 hectares.

“Dependable all the plot in which via the board, meaning rather more hectares were planted, and now harvested.” 

A man holds a handful of red grains near a machine that is sorting through the grain.

GrainCorp’s Josh Connell holds a handful of sorghum that has been screened for contamination earlier than being loaded for export.(

ABC Newcastle: Liz Farquhar


Mouse plague impact

The mouse plague that has been inflicting anxiety for farmers all the plot in which via the say has prompted some points with grain affords.

Josh Connell acknowledged, whereas numbers had no longer been affected, the export terminal’s screening processes were making sure the grain became no longer depraved.

“There were some points with mouse droppings in the grain, which I don’t think comes as a shock to someone, which is leading to about a trucks having points,” Mr Connell acknowledged.

“It be a nil tolerance and we now get hold of acquired to provide protection to those worldwide markets, but there are no vessels which get hold of suffered delays so I admire to think, as an industry, we’re discovering our formula via it.”

The Campbells get hold of had a good deal of their grain modified into away due to mouse faeces contamination.

“We would no longer get hold of an field with having that novel in say ensuing from we now get hold of acquired to sell on the originate market,” Ron Campbell acknowledged.

“It wasn’t stress-free for us, nonetheless I have faith that we now need to concur with a popular so as that our product is then is called clear and free [of contaminants].”

A large red and black ship alongside a grain loading terminal.

A ship lag for China being loaded with the millionth tonne of grain to glide via Graincorp’s Newcastle terminal this 300 and sixty five days.(

ABC Newcastle: Liz Farquhar 


NSW grain exports going gangbusters