62,000 tonnes of frost-hit cane pro­cessed at Isis Mill

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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