Mul­ti­pli­ers help har­vest poorer cane

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MUL­TI­PLI­ERS that have been man­u­fac­tured to ad­dress the poorer cane crops due to drought con­di­tions have been in high de­mand across the re­gion.

The ma­chines which orig­i­nally were de­vel­oped to har­vest cane eco­nom­i­cally af­ter Cy­clone Larry wreaked havoc in North Queens­land a few years back are now be­ing put to use in lo­cal cane fields that have been im­pacted by drought and frost.

This week at least four Mul­ti­pli­ers worked across the re­gion.

These ma­chines, which ef­fec­tively put three rows of cane into one, are prov­ing to be the eco­nom­i­cal so­lu­tion to har­vest poorer blocks of cane for a num­ber of grow­ers.

The fo­cus is on har­vest­ing but at­ten­tion should also be given to the ir­ri­ga­tion needs of both the stand­ing crop and the freshly cut blocks.

The re­gion had some show­ers dur­ing the past week but rain­fall has been sparse and, while many blocks have been im­pacted by frost, all blocks are feel­ing the ef­fects of the dry weather. Timely ir­ri­ga­tion should be a con­sid­er­a­tion.

Grow­ers are start­ing to “dust the cob­webs” off their plant­ing equip­ment in prepa­ra­tions for spring plant­ing which is ex­pected to get un­der way in earnest over the com­ing weeks.

Plant­ing ad­vice and ap­provals can be ob­tained from the team at Isis Pro­duc­tiv­ity Lim­ited. Grow­ers are also re­minded to get order forms for “plot” cane back to the IPL team as soon as pos­si­ble.

Crush­ing con­tin­ued at a good pace at Isis Mill dur­ing week four with 61,847.93 pro­cessed through the rollers. This brings the year to date fig­ure to 219,355 tonnes. In­di­vid­ual CCS re­sults for some grow­ers have been in the high range with a happy Bucca cane grower record­ing the high­est CCS for the week of 16.82 units for a block of Q208 2nd ra­toon. Av­er­age CCS re­sult for the week was 13.37 units. The early ma­tur­ing va­ri­ety KQ228 made up 42% of the cane sup­ply this week.

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