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