Harvest resumes after storm
THE stormy conditions of late last week wreaked havoc on the remaining unharvested cane crop.
Crops that had stood so proudly for almost the entire season were flattened and sprawled in every direction.
Field conditions that had been dry and dusty for the majority of the 2015 season turned to mud.
Growers with cane that were directly in the storm’s path went to extraordinary lengths to remove silt, fill in washouts and remove debris to allow harvesting to occur.
As predicted, harvesting was slow to restart, with many contractors starting up wet-weather equipment, the majority of which had been stationary for the entire season, to tackle the last of the 2015 cane crop.
Crushing operations resumed at midday on Monday, and by Friday morning 35,599.62 tonnes had been processed through the rollers at Isis Mill.
This brought the year-to-date total to 1,283,410.27 tonnes.
The weekly CCS recovered after the rain and was 15.22 units for the week.
The season-to-date CCS climbed to be 14.31 units.
A grower from the Redridge area recorded the highest individual CCS of 17.41 for the variety KQ228 5R.
Once again Q208 was the dominant variety in the cane supply for the week, with 12,255 tonnes supplied for a weekly CCS average of 15.65 units.
Crushing operations at Isis Mill, as predicted, were completed late afternoon on Friday, November 6. A full wrap up of the season will be in next week’s report.