Cane Crush sea­son track­ing mill har­vest

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THROUGH­PUT for the week to­talled 57,296.23 tonnes of cane, which brought the year-to-date fig­ure to 90,372.84 tonnes. CCS for the week was recorded as 12.84 units.

The early ma­tur­ing va­ri­ety KQ228 made up 49% of the cane sup­ply, record­ing 13.09 units of CCS.

Rain­fall dur­ing the day on July 5 af­fected crush­ing op­er­a­tions at the Isis Mill on Wed­nes­day July 6.

Rain­fall reg­is­tra­tions were patchy, with falls be­tween 3 and 15mm recorded across the cane sup­ply area. Ap­prox­i­mately 24 hours of pro­duc­tion time was lost at the fac­tory this week with about six hours at­trib­uted to a planned main­te­nance stop and around 18 hours due to the wet field con­di­tions.

The high­est in­di­vid­ual CCS re­sult for the week was recorded by a Bur­nett River Grower who sup­plied KQ228 first ra­toon, which recorded 14.93 units.

The YTD CCS stands at 12.85 units, which is around 0.40 units higher than the same pe­riod last year.

Cane qual­ity has been mixed, with some har­vest­ing con­trac­tors mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant gains in clean­ing up their cane sup­ply. The tri­als in­volv­ing the EHS chop­per sys­tem have com­menced with vis­ual in­spec­tions of bil­lets in­di­cat­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in qual­ity.

More de­tailed tri­als will com­mence once a sec­ond trial chop­per sys­tem is in­stalled.

The Isis Mill, which gen­er­ates all its own elec­tric­ity re­quired for the process op­er­a­tions on site, also pro­duced about 673 megawatt hours of ad­di­tional elec­tric­ity that was sup­plied into the elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion net­work dur­ing week two.

A re­gional grower meet­ing was held in the Childers area this week.

Grow­ers re­ceived an up­date on changes to QSL and mar­ket­ing, sugar pric­ing, strate­gic plan­ning, elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ef­forts to clean up cane sup­ply.

This sec­ond meet­ing for the year at­tracted an­other strong crowd with around 50 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

Grow­ers heard first-hand about the stronger sugar prices and the op­por­tu­nity ex­ists for grow­ers to price 2017 and 2018 cane pro­duc­tion at at­trac­tive rates above cur­rent costs of pro­duc­tion.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

CANE CRUSH­ING: Har­vest­ing the cane for the Isis Sugar Mill.

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