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