62,000 tonnes of frost-hit cane processed at Isis Mill
IDEAL harvesting conditions throughout week three has seen 62,712 tonnes processed through the rollers at Isis Mill.
The Isis Mill has now processed 157,507 tonnes of cane from the expected 1,020,000 tonnes available for harvest.
CCS levels continued in a slightly downward trend during the week, but the mill is expecting to see a reverse in this trend in the coming weeks as the amount of severely frosted cane in the supply begins to dwindle.
Average CCS for week three was 13.10 units and the season-to-date figure is 13.17 units.
While there is still large areas of cane that have been impacted by frosts, the majority of the critically impacted blocks have now been harvested.
Harvesting contractors in the frosted area have worked with growers to harvest this cane.
This necessitated change to normal harvesting rotations and a number of extra moves were required to address the issues.
This spirit of co-operation will lessen the financial impact on growers who have been impacted by the worst frosts for more than 30 years.
There have been reports of a number of uncontrolled fires in the cane supply area.
At least one of these fires has impacted on cane blocks.
As the dry conditions continue, growers are urged to recreate fire breaks immediately after harvesting.