Shift sets cane record

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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