Har­vest fig­ures up

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

IDEAL har­vest­ing con­di­tions pre­vailed dur­ing week 15. The mill pro­cessed 66,622.27 tonnes of cane for the week and bring­ing the sea­son to date fig­ure to 880,366 tonnes of cane.

The fore­casted crop was re­vised up­wards again with the avail­able tonnes now es­ti­mated at 1,148,574 tonnes. Crush­ing is now ex­pected to be com­pleted by mid to late Novem­ber.

The va­ri­ety Q208 con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the cane sup­ply mak­ing up 25% of the to­tal this week. The high­est CCS for the week was also from the va­ri­ety Q208 2R sup­plied by an Al­loway Grower which recorded an im­pres­sive 17.95 units of CCS.

The week to date CCS reached 14.68 units and the sea­son to date fig­ure climbed to 13.90 units.

While con­di­tions may be ideal for har­vest­ing, rain is now needed for next sea­son’s crop. The warm weather has seen plant cane and ra­toons re­spond with good growth.

How­ever to sus­tain this growth, rain­fall or sup­ple­men­tary ir­ri­ga­tion is now re­quired.

Pan evap­o­ra­tion lev­els are ris­ing and the plant re­quire­ment for wa­ter is now con­sid­ered high.

From next week the crush fig­ures will ap­pear in the Ru­ral Weekly, which is in­serted in the Isis Town & Coun­try.

PHOTO: JAMIE BROWN

READY, SET, GROW: Cane bil­lets are ready to plant as ra­toon.

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