Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill starts cane har­vest af­ter short de­lays

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CRUSH­ING op­er­a­tions at the Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill started on June 27, a week later than orig­i­nally planned.

The mill’s pre-sea­son es­ti­mate is for a cane crop of around 1.28 mil­lion tonnes to be avail­able for pro­cess­ing dur­ing the 2016 sea­son.

At the end of the first week, the Mill pro­cessed 33,076.61 tonnes of cane. CCS for the week was a lit­tle higher than ex­pected given the rain in the weeks lead­ing up to the start of the sea­son with 12.87 units be­ing recorded for week 1.

The early sea­son va­ri­ety KQ228 made up ap­prox­i­mately 54% of the cane sup­ply and recorded an av­er­age CCS of 13.07 units.

All har­vest­ing con­trac­tors are tak­ing part in har­vester tracking. The tech­nol­ogy will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about har­vester speed, time of op­er­a­tion, wait­ing time and ex­trac­tor fan speed.

The in­for­ma­tion col­lected will help in im­prov­ing bin de­liv­ery, cane qual­ity and help to re­duce cut to crush de­lays.

The in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the Isis Clean Team was held in April.

It was an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss strate­gies to re­duce losses in the field and re­duce ex­tra­ne­ous mat­ter lev­els in the cane sup­ply.

Har­vest­ing tracking is an in­te­gral part of un­der­stand­ing what is hap­pen­ing in the field.

The Isis Mill planned to up­grade tracking sys­tems to en­sure ma­chines were equipped for the 2016 crush­ing sea­son.

Base cut­ter blades, blade type and hard fac­ing of blades were dis­cussed and the team planned to trial var­i­ous blade op­tions in the first few weeks of the sea­son.

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