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Grain harvest on east coast eclipsed by Victorian town of Nhill as it bucks the trend caused by drought

 

 

The western Victorian town of Nhill has supplied more grain to one of the country's largest handlers than all of Queensland combined.

 

With a population of about 2,000 people, GrainCorp's receival site at Nhill has brought in more than 150,000 tonnes, compared to almost 108,000 tonnes in all of Queensland.

 

 

The company's final harvest report reveals drought conditions continue to decimate grain figures on the eastern seaboard, while farmers in Victoria's west have experienced a good harvest.

 

Brett Wheaton farms 26 kilometres north west of Nhill and supplies some of his yields to GrainCorp.

 

He said grower confidence in Victoria's far west was increasing.

 

"We have had a fantastic season compared to others, and considering on my property we have had frost, a lack of rain and a few other issues, you'd have to say most farmers would be pretty happy with how it has ended up," he said.

 

Mr Wheaton sits on the Nhill Growers Committee and said they had estimated for up to 90,000 tonnes of grain to be supplied to the Nhill site.

 

 

 

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ABC News  17 January 2019