Rain hampers Isis crushing
RAIN impacted crushing operations on two occasions during week 12.
Between 10–50mm made its way into district rain gauges on the weekend of August 29 and 30.
This impacted crushing operations from around lunchtime on the Sunday through until 10pm on Monday.
A second interruption occurred later in the week when heavy showers developed very early on Thursday, September 3and persisted throughout the morning.
About 10mm was recorded and stopped the crush on Thursday from about 9.45am until 11pm.
Despite the very welcome weather interruptions the factory at Isis Mill processed 52,900 tonnes of cane through the rollers for week 12 of the 2015 season.
This brought the year to date figure to 720,769 tonnes.
Crushing operations are on schedule and tracking almost exactly to the pre-season plan.
The Isis Mill is on target to process the expected 1,250,000 tonnes of cane available for processing by mid-November.
The highest individual CCS of 17.10 units was recorded this week from the variety Q240 AP supplied by a grower on the Kolan River at Moorlands.
The variety Q240 made up 23.46% of the total supply for the week with 12,413 tonnes supplied at a weekly mill average of 14.76 units.
Weekly CCS rose to 14.84 units and the seasonal average reach 13.58 units. Interestingly, the weekly CCS at the same period 12 months ago was a mere 13.88 units.
This probably reflects the milder winter that was experienced this season compared to the frost ravaged 2014 crop.
Distribution of clean cane from the various Isis Productivity Limited plots is in full swing across the region with the recent rainfall providing good moisture and ideal conditions for planting.
Legume growers gathered in Bundaberg during this week to gain first-hand information on the development of new legume varieties, agronomic trial results and prospects for the forthcoming legume season.
The take home message was that soybean and peanuts continue to be ideal fallow rotational crops which lower input costs for the following cane crops.
Agronomic support is available locally for growers looking at a legume fallow. Initial contact can be made through the team at Isis.