Cane crush resumes after wet weather
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.