Rain ham­pers Isis crush­ing

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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