CRUSHING operations reached record-breaking momentum during week 14 when the mill crushed 71,824.75 tonnes during the 168-hour period.
This weekly throughput is the highest for the current season and it is the second highest weekly throughput ever recorded at the Isis Mill.
This is surpassed only by the record set way back on August 17, 2007, when 72,383.03 tonnes were processed.
Obviously harvesting conditions were ideal, mill performance was excellent, cane quality was good and transport delays were minimal.
These factors all influence mill throughput and each section of the value chain contributed to this excellent result.
Sugar production from the 71,824.75 tonnes of cane was recorded as 11,278 tonnes of IPS sugar.
This calculates out to around 6.41 tonnes of cane for each tonne of IPS sugar.
CCS reached 15.04 units for the week and has moved to 13.81 units for the season to date.
The CCS base price has been lifted to 13.50 units and payments will be in bank accounts early next week.
The highest individual CCS reading of 17.27 units was attributed to a grower on the Kolan River who supplied the variety Q240 1R.
There were 13,991 tonnes of Q240 supplied for week 14 with a variety CCS average of 15.25 units.
Q208 was the major variety supplied with almost 20,000 tonnes crushed through the mill, with the variety recording a healthy 15.35 units of CCS.
The mill has now processed 861,545 tonnes of cane from the expected 1.25 million tonnes estimated to be available for harvest.
Crushing operations are expected to be completed by early November.
Fire danger is increasing and a number of incidents have arisen in the past couple of weeks.
It is now time to implement strategies to minimise exposure to accidental ignition, such as good clean firebreaks clear of combustibles.