Har­vest re­sumes af­ter storm

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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