Crush hits 1m tonne
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.