Cane crush de­layed due to wet weather

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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