Mill reaches 60% of sea­son’s full crush

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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