Isis Mill reaches milestone for season
THE Isis Sugar Mill surpassed the 30% milestone this week having crushed 401,923 tonnes of the predicted 1,300,000 tonnes of cane available for harvest.
Weekly throughput was 60,546.62 tonnes.
The early season variety KQ228 continues its dominance of the cane supply making up 27% of the overall supply.
Mid-season varieties Q240 and Q208 were also supplied in large quantities this week with each variety contributing more than 20% to the weekly supply.
The variety Q240 registered the highest individual CCS test for a Burnett River Grower located in the Wallaville area registering 16.51 units. Bin weights rose during the week with the weekly average reaching 6.35 tonnes from the 9,524 bins received at the mill.
The highlight of many visitors to the recent Childers Festival was the Bundaberg Regional Council-organised Field to Factory tour which included a cane fire. More than 200 people attended.
The mild winter conditions and the lack of rain are affecting the standing crop.
]Weather predictions also indicate lower than average rainfall is expected over the next few months.
Growers should consider irrigation requirements for cane that is to be used as planting material and for cane not expected to be harvested until October or early November.
Advice on irrigation and suitability of planting material can be obtained from the staff at Isis Productivity Limited.
Growers are reminded of the increased fire danger with the drying conditions.
For more see this week’s Rural Weekly.