ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — Viterra announced on Dec. 2 that it will invest an additional A$3 million in extra storage at Tailem Bend, Port Adelaide and Port Giles, Australia to handle this year’s forecast record crop.

This extra storage is in addition to the 500,000 tonnes of further capacity, at a cost of A$6 million, Viterra recently announced at Wudinna, Cummins, Roseworthy, Bowmans, Snowtown, Loxton and Port Giles.

Dean McQueen, Viterra’s executive manager grains said the company is constantly reviewing the state-wide system to ensure there is the capacity to cope with this year’s crop.

The company’s recent investments have increased the network’s capacity by 800,000 tonnes, McQueen said. This is in addition to the existing 9.5 million tonnes in the company’s storage and handling network.

While the recent rain is expected to impact on the quality of South Australia’s crop, the volume is still there and this extra capacity will help get the crop into the system as quickly as possible, McQueen said.

“Extra storage at Tailem Bend will help accommodate grain from the Mallee region, while extra storage at Port Adelaide will allow for up-country sites to be cleared out, as well as accommodate grain from growers delivering directly to the port,” he said.