Multipliers help harvest poorer cane
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.