Cane crush delayed due to wet weather
THE rainfall impacted harvesting operations across the cane supply area for the whole of the week. Rainfall varied recorded falls being between 25-50mm.
Regardless, the results were the same, harvesting ceased late on Friday, July 15 and resumed July 20.
Contractors struggled with with plenty of bogged machinery testing at times.
Crushing operations at the factory ground to a halt on July 16 and resumed July 21.
Throughput at the factory to 7am on Friday was a mere 20,653.29 tonnes with around 114 hours lost due to weather conditions.
The Isis Mill has now processed 179,674.58 tonnes for the 2016 season.
The weather also impact CCS with the weekly CCS dropping to be 12.62 units which is almost ½ a unit lower than last week’s 13.08 units.
This brought the season to date CCS to 12.91 units.
Harvesting didn’t necessarily follow the plan, growers abandoned rotations in an attempt to supply cane and looked for dryer blocks in lieu of higher CCS.
This was reflected in the cane supply where we saw KQ228 which had been making up almost 50% of cane supply in previous weeks sink back to the field making up 22.65% this week.
The highest individual CCS for the week went to an Alloway grower who supplied KQ228 3rd Ratoon at 14.59 units.
Despite the wet conditions cane supply quality has been noticeably better.
Field trials involving modified chopper systems and the various base cutter blade options continue with initial visual observations indicating improvement.