Farming Guide

Coonamble, Walgett intake tells tale of massive harvest

By Henry Wells, 19 January 2017

Coonamble and Walgett, two neighbouring regions in north-west NSW, have produced wheat crops estimated to total close to two million tonnes.

Walgett is famous for the biggest temporary wheat storage silo in the southern hemisphere which are located approximately 3km out of town on the Kamilaroi Highway. The Silo can hold 300,000 mt at full capacity.

The 1998 harvest saw 198,530 tonnes of grain being received at the site from which it is transported primarily by train. 

Harvest time brings an influx of contract harvesters into the Shire who also contribute to the economy of the town.