Grain Investments boost benefits for growers

Grain Investments boost benefits for growers | The Cultivator Spring 2021

Grain Investments BOOST BENEFITS FOR GROWERS

Grain growers will reap the benefits of significant investment upgrades at Manildra Group’s high-capacity grain storage sites, in the heart of the New South Wales wheatbelt.

Consensus was overwhelmingly supportive according to Manildra Group Head Grain Buyer, Peter Sloan.

“The feedback and support we received was exceptional and following these discussions we implemented a range of infrastructure and logistic investments at these well-designed grain storage sites,” Mr Sloan said.

Leading the projects was newly promoted Grain Operations Manager, Jacob Wooden, who said Manildra Group remained committed to reinvesting in its four grain storage sites to enhance efficiencies for grower deliveries.

“At Bellata, we’ve just completed constructing a second weighbridge, which means reducing turn-around times by half for growers and carriers,” Mr Wooden said.

“The concrete bunkers capacity has also been substantially increased ensuring we can store more high-quality grain on-site. We have also established on-site accommodation which will increase safety and be integral at harvest for our great team.”

Additionally, at Manildra’s grain storage site, a new high capacity (750 tonne per hour) bunker stacker has been installed representing a significant investment which enables trucks to tip grain more efficiently, reducing downtime.

“Central west New South Wales grain growers are delighted with this new upgrade, as it means fast turn-around times for wheat receivals at harvest and increases our efficiencies on managing inbound and outbound requirements,” Mr Wooden told The Cultivator.

“At Stockinbingal, we’ve extended the bunkers, increasing our storage capacity, replaced the older walls with modern concrete and extended the wheat sample stand with additional testing equipment.

“This means increasing efficiencies in requirements for both growers inbound and Manildra Group outbound, by providing a faster turn-around time for wheat sampling,” said Mr Wooden.

As part of Manildra Group’s commitment to a sustainable local grains industry, the company has recently acquired additional high-capacity grain storage sites in Grong Grong and Bogan Gate in the heart of the New South Wales wheatbelt.

Mr Wooden said that the company remained focused on exploring all opportunities to make the grain buying process as streamlined as possible for local growers – serving to accommodate and improve existing and future delivery, payment, and logistical requirements.

Manildra Group will own and operate six state-of-the-art grain storage sites in New South Wales from Stockinbingal and Grong Grong in the south west slopes and the Riverina, to Manildra and Bogan Gate in the central west, north to Moree and Bellata in the state’s central north.