Canadian grain handler Viterra has reported that it has shipped 7M tonnes in bulk grain exports from South Australia during the 2016-17 season, the largest shipped total in five years.

The company shipped most of the grain – 2.3M tonnes – through the Port of Lincoln, with the Outer Harbor following at second place with 1.8M tonnes, wrote World Grain on 26 September.

Viterra group operations manager Michael Hill said the company was up and ready to receive the upcoming South Australian grain harvest.

“Wheat and barley are, of course, our largest cereals received but lentil hectares have increased again and canola hectares are up as well,” he said.

“We work closely with growers across the state to ensure our segregations and services meet their needs. This year we introduced a new declaration process for growers to help ensure market access and maintain South Australia’s solid reputation for clean green and high quality grain.”

According to Hill, about 80% of South Australia’s crop was exported and, during the season, Viterra loaded over 200 vessels, which shipped to 25 different countries for 11 different exporters.

He added that Viterra recently launched its new Ezigrain websites, which aimed to make conducting business easier for growers and buyers.

“We are well prepared for the season and have invested millions of dollars into our sites with the latest in grain receival technology being installed at Tumby Bay, new weighbridges at Thevenard and Brinkworth, new receival equipment across the network and much more,” Hill said.