Shift sets cane record
THROUGHPUT at the Isis Central Sugar Mill for Week 10 was 56,885.61 tonnes, and the year-to-date figure has climbed to 597,831.97 tonnes.
A shift production record of 3781 tonnes for an eight-hour period occurred during the week.
This surpassed the previous eight-hour shift tonnage record, which was 3777 tonnes, recorded on September 15, 2007. Incidentally, this equates to 472.67 tonnes per hour.
Shift personnel reported that the cane quality was excellent. Dirt- and trash-free cane with good billet quality and length, and minimal tops, were some of the characteristics of the supply across this shift.
A total of 572 bins were tipped during the eight hours, with a bin weight average of 6.61 tonnes.
There is no doubt that cane quality, which has dominated discussions across the Isis region for several weeks, contributed to the record throughput.
This augurs well for field staff and harvesting contractors involved in quality trials “tweaking” harvesting equipment in an attempt to find solutions to rising cane quality issues.
There has been no significant rainfall during the 2015 season to date, and the climatic conditions are now affecting the standing crop, and the estimate of tonnes to be crushed this season has been reduced to 1.25mt.
Rain would be very welcome, and significant falls will need to occur in the next few weeks to prevent further downgrades in the crop size.
CCS for the week was 14.55 units, with the year to date CCS of 13.35 units.
The highest CCS for the week came from the Kolan Flats area near Gin Gin, from the variety Q208 4r, which recorded 17.00 units.
This week 9310 tonnes of Q208 was supplied at a weekly average CCS of 14.65 units.