Cane Crush season tracking mill harvest
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.
CANE CRUSHING: Harvesting the cane for the Isis Sugar Mill.