Isis Central Sugar Mill starts cane harvest after short delays
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.