CANADA – Canadian grain merchant Viterra is introducing dynamic binning for barley across its network for the 2019-20 harvest as part of the plan to improve efficiency in its supply chain.

Growers will have the opportunity to have their barley upgraded with dynamic binning available for malting barley varieties Planet, Scope, Spartacus and Compass as well as Feed1.

This expands Viterra’s dynamic binning to barley, in addition to wheat, a continued strategy to invest in supply chain, as well as passing efficiency gains and cost savings directly to grower customers.

Extension of the programme to barley follows the success of wheat dynamic binning, which provided significant value of approximately $6 million back to growers and created efficiencies in the classification process.

“We are pleased to introduce barley dynamic binning following the success of wheat dynamic binning last harvest and feedback from growers asking for a similar option for barley,” said Viterra Operations Manager Michael Hill.

“We’ve been able to provide a valuable service to growers while also maintaining market access for South Australian grain and continuing to meet the high standards of end use customer requirements.

“Dynamic binning also had the added benefit for growers of creating efficiencies in the classification process and improving turnaround times at harvest due to less retests being requested.”

Dynamic binning also provides growers with more flexibility to potentially access a higher grade for loads that are just outside of receival standards.

A dynamic binning upgrade will be given if the load falls within the specified tolerance zones, the load meets all other quality requirements including variety, contaminants and maximum residue limits and the higher-grade segregation is available at the delivery site.

In addition to dynamic binning, the company said it will provide a 1% tolerance for moisture above Grain Trade Australia (GTA) receival standards on all wheat and barley deliveries.

Last year, the company made an upgrade to its IT grain management system, which enables the quality of grain to be monitored closely in real time to ensure it meets outturn standards.