Viterra launches dynamic binning

by Holly Demaree-Saddler
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PARKSIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA — Viterra Australia is introducing dynamic binning for the 2018-19 harvest. The company said it will give growers the opportunity to have their wheat upgraded.

Andrew Hannon, commercial and quality manager at Viterra, said dynamic binning would be available for the wheat grades of ASW1, APW1, H2 and H1.

“Dynamic binning provides growers with more flexibility to potentially access a higher grade for loads that are just outside of the receival standards,” Hannon said. “We’re excited to be launching this service for growers, which will be provided to them instantly at classification and their grain immediately available to transact.”

In order to receive an upgrade, the following four criteria need to be met:

  1. Classification results fall within the “tolerance” zone for protein, screenings or test weight
  2. Load meets all other quality requirements, including variety, contaminants and MRLs
  3. The higher grade segregation is available at that site
  4. The rolling stack average of the higher grade meets the Grain Trade Australia (GTA) receival standards.

“Under the program, growers can be upgraded when the classification results for the load are within the tolerance zone for protein, screenings or test weight,” Hannon said. “The higher grade will be given if all other quality requirements are met, including variety, contaminants and MRLs, and the average quality of the individual stack at the site continues to meet the receival standards.

“If the rolling stack average falls below the GTA receival standards for protein, screenings or test weight, then dynamic binning will not be available for the grade into that stack until the average again meets grade receival standards.”

Hannon said Viterra would carefully monitor the quality of the grain going into storage while continuing to ensure that grain outturned meets the requirements of end-use customers.

“We have made significant investments in our grain IT systems and can now monitor the quality of stacks in real time,” Hannon said. “This has allowed us to introduce dynamic binning with confidence we will continue to meet customers’ outturn requirements.”

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