Mill reaches 60% of season’s full crush
THE 2015 crushing season passed the 60% mark during the week with 789,720 tonnes of the expected 1,250,000 tonnes now processed through the Isis Mill.
Throughput for Week 13 was a very healthy 68,951.05 tonnes with a weekly average CCS of 14.93 units. The year to date CCS has now reached 13.70 units.
The cane variety Q183 took the number one position in terms of the highest quantity of a single variety supplied for the week with almost 15,000 tonnes supplied at a mill average CCS of 14.94 units.
A grower from the Sharon area achieved the highest individual CCS test for the week supplying the variety KQ228 AP, which recorded 17.62 units.
There were some very pleasing NIR results this week with one of the larger harvesting groups involved in quality trials registering a significant improvement in quality of cane supplied.
These harvesting contractors along with the growers have invested significant time in addressing the issues relating to the harvesting job in the field.
Harvesters’ travelling speed, Extractor fan speed, Basecutter thickness and Basecutter height have all been areas of focus.
Small changes have been made which have produced significant results. The most pleasing aspects of these results related to a reduction in ash values and an improvement in the ground job.
School holidays are almost upon us and as many families prepare to explore our region it is important to remind everyone about the activities associated with the sugar industry.
Motorists are reminded that large, often slowmoving vehicles including trucks, tractors and trains traverse the regions road and rail corridors hauling all the sugar industry products which include sugar cane, raw sugar and molasses.
Please give these vehicles plenty of room as fully laden machinery can take a significant time to come to a halt.
Rail corridors are also very busy locations at this time of year and are not a safe place for children to play.