Cane crush season delayed by weather
THE weather played a role in activities at Isis Mill again this week, when unexpected rainfall occurred overnight Tuesday, delivering about 10mm to a large portion of the cane supply area.
Maintenance at the mill was scheduled for Thursday but was quickly rearranged to Wednesday when it became evident harvesting would be delayed due to the rain.
Harvesting did resume late in the day on Wednesday and the mill resumed crushing operations Wednesday night, with lost time kept to a minimum.
Throughput at Isis Mill for the week was 63,600.39 tonnes of cane, which takes the year to date figure to 311,200.46 tonnes.
The 2016 season estimate has continued to rise, with the current estimate after Week 6 quickly pushing towards 1.3 million tonnes of cane available for harvest.
CCS for the week rose slightly to be 13.24 units, CCS season to date is now 13.04 units.
Harvesting rotations in the field are beginning to return to some form of normality, hence the early season variety KQ228 is again being supplied in large quantities, with just over 22,000 tonnes supplied during Week 6 at 13.53 units of CCS.
The highest individual test for the week came from a Saint Kilda Rd grower, who supplied KQ228 at 14.95 units.
The Isis Clean Team partnered with Sugar Research Australia this week to undertake trials in the field.
These trials were associated with harvester speed, extractor speed and billet quality.