Crush hits 1m tonne

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE one mil­lion tonne mark – the gauge that for many years has sym­bol­ised a suc­cess­ful sea­son – was passed dur­ing week 17.

This mile­stone was crushed just af­ter 2pm on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 3.

This is the 18th oc­ca­sion in our more-than-100-year history that Isis Mill has sur­passed the mil­lion tonne mile­stone.

The first one mil­lion tonne mile­stone in our history was recorded back in 1994.

A mil­lion tonne has been a com­mon fea­ture of late and 2015 is the 11th con­sec­u­tive year the mile­stone has been sur­passed.

The Isis Mill has now pro­cessed 1,058,724 tonnes of cane, with the avail­able crop now ex­pected to ex­ceed 1,270,000 tonnes.

There is around 220,000 tonne of cane left to process from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 9, and un­der nor­mal con­di­tions, with no sig­nif­i­cant weather events or ex­tra­or­di­nary lost time, this would take about 22 days to process.

There­fore the 2015 sea­son is on tar­get to be com­pleted by very late Oc­to­ber or very early Novem­ber.

Field staff will keep all the rel­e­vant par­ties in­formed of progress as the sea­son draws to a close in the next few weeks.

The 2015 sea­son year to date CCS reached 14.07 units af­ter the weekly CCS fig­ure climbed to 15.35 units.

The high­est in­di­vid­ual CCS for the week was recorded from cane supplied from the banks of the Bur­nett River in down­town Bund­aberg.

The block of Q208 4th ra­toon reg­is­tered a very healthy 17.82 units of CCS.

Cane­grow­ers Isis, Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill and Isis Pro­duc­tiv­ity Lim­ited joined forces un­der the Isis Sugar Part­ner­ship ban­ner and hosted a fo­rum ti­tled Let’s Start the Con­ver­sa­tion – Cane Qual­ity dur­ing this week.

The fo­rum was ini­ti­ated fol­low­ing re­cent rev­e­la­tions that ex­tra­ne­ous mat­ter lev­els were ris­ing and that su­crose-loss tri­als con­ducted in the re­gion had pointed to cane losses in the field ex­ceed­ing 15%.

Cane har­vest­ing con­trac­tors and cane har­vest­ing driv­ers at­tended the fo­rum, which fo­cused on the con­tents of a typ­i­cal cane bin – af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to as “Mr Av­er­age”.

In­vited guests saw first-hand the sep­a­rated con­tents of the cane bin, which had painstak­ingly been graded into cat­e­gories that in­cluded sound cane, tops, trash, and dirt and roots.

The sep­a­ra­tion trial con­firmed that ex­tra­ne­ous mat­ter lev­els had in­creased over time and on this oc­ca­sion ex­ceeded 14%.

The very de­tailed sep­a­ra­tion trial is to be re­peated again at the share­hold­ers’ meet­ing set down for Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 23, at the Isis Mill.

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