Cane crush sea­son de­layed by weather

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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