Spirit of co-oper­a­tion is alive and well dur­ing Isis Mill crush

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CRUSH­ING has con­tin­ued vir­tu­ally un­in­ter­rupted since the 2014 sea­son started on July 14.

Through­put for the first week was 33,099 tonnes, which is a good re­sult given that the reporting pe­riod is for just four days of crush­ing op­er­a­tions.

CCS for the first week was 13.38 units – very en­cour­ag­ing con­sid­er­ing the late growth cane ex­pe­ri­enced af­ter the rain­fall event in late March.

Al­most 50% of the cane sup­ply was made up of the early su­gar va­ri­ety.

The spirit of co-oper­a­tion is alive and well in the Isis Mill sup­ply area.

Grow­ers across the re­gion who have been im­pacted by frost are be­ing given pri­or­ity to get the worst af­fected blocks har­vested be­fore any de­te­ri­o­ra­tion oc­curs.

De­te­ri­o­ra­tion causes im­pu­rity lev­els to rise and can sub­se­quently im­pact su­gar qual­ity at the fac­tory.

Re­ports sug­gest that while there is sig­nif­i­cant fo­liage dam­age to al­most all the cane in the Wallav­ille area, closer in­spec­tion is re­quired to gauge the ex­tent of plant tis­sue dam­age.

Isis Pro­duc­tiv­ity Limited is work­ing with grow­ers to iden­tify blocks im­pacted by frost and held a work­shop in Wallav­ille on July 15 to equip grow­ers with the skills to check for dam­age.

Ar­range­ments have been made with the road trans­port com­pa­nies to utilise all avail­able trucks each day in an ef­fort to max­imise har­vest­ing of frosted cane.

This has meant re­duced al­lot­ments for non-crit­i­cal ar­eas and in­creased al­lot­ments for crit­i­cal ar­eas.

The full ex­tent of the dam­age is still be­ing as­sessed and fur­ther ac­tion may need to be taken once we fully un­der­stand the area af­fected by se­vere frost across the re­gion.

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