Grain marketing, storage and handling company Emerald Grain took its first load of Canola for the season into its Goolgowi receival site yesterday.

A local grower delivered 21.66 tonnes of Canola which was warehoused in the 80,000 tonne facility.

Emerald Grain Group General Manager Supply Chain & Operations John Warda said harvest has started relatively early this year but all Emerald Grain sites were ready to go.

“We expect canola deliveries to really ramp up over the next week or so, and barley is not far behind.

“We have invested in new intake equipment across our 15 up country storage and receival sites in order to help grain deliveries run smoothly.

“We have also established a regional training centre for all our site staff so they understand best practice procedures in grain receival and grain quality.”

In New South Wales, Emerald Grain operates storage and receival facilities at Goolgowi, Ungarie, The Rock, Coolamon, Ardlethan and Tocumwal. It operates nine sites in Victoria along with the Melbourne Port Terminal which exported 1.4 million tonnes of grain last financial year.