Cane crush re­sumes af­ter wet weather

Isis Town and Country - - News Welcome -

FIELD con­di­tions across the Isis cane sup­ply area con­tinue to dry out, with har­vest­ing start­ing to gain mo­men­tum af­ter re­cent rain.

While ro­ta­tions are not yet back to nor­mal, most har­vest­ing groups are find­ing enough dry ground to con­tinue op­er­a­tions.

Lost time due to rain­fall is al­ready sig­nif­i­cant, given the 2016 crush­ing sea­son was de­layed by seven days and a fur­ther five days has been lost due to wet weather since then.

Crush­ing through­put for the week was 67,925.49 tonnes, which brought the year to date fig­ure to 247,600.07 tonnes. The cur­rent es­ti­mate has moved up­wards slightly and is now around 1.29 mil­lion tonnes, so as of Fri­day, July 29, 13.89% of the 2016 cane crop has been crushed.

The weekly CCS reached 13.21 units and the YTD CCS is now at 12.99 units. This is a good re­sult to the sea­son, with the south­ern re­gion lead­ing the state in YTD CCS. The early sea­son Va­ri­ety KQ228 con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate cane sup­ply, with 20,255 tonnes supplied dur­ing Week 5 at an av­er­age CCS of 13.57 units.

There were no sur­prises when the high­est in­di­vid­ual CCS for the week was 15.18 units recorded by a South Kolan grower who supplied KQ228 2nd ra­toon.

The Childers Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions be­gan with the Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil and Isis Cen­tral Su­gar Mill cane fire tours dur­ing the week. More than 200 peo­ple wit­nessed first-hand the ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with har­vest­ing, trans­port­ing and pro­cess­ing su­gar cane.

Par­tic­i­pants were also able to wit­ness first-hand the spec­ta­cle of burn­ing cane, which is quite rare in the re­gion with around 99% of the Isis Crop nor­mally har­vested green.

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