Limited wet weather harvesting gear put to use
HARVESTING sugar cane is certainly proving to be a challenge for many across the region.
Flexibility of the normal harvesting rotations continued through week 8. Full track harvesting equipment is being moved into locations to facilitate harvesting. Full utilisation of this limited wet weather equipment is essential and growers with harvesting concerns should be talking with their relevant harvesting contractor and field officer.
Throughput at the mill for week 8 was 64,179 tonnes of cane. The Isis Mill has now processed 445,930 tonnes of cane through the rollers for the season. The available crop estimate continues to rise, now at 1,325,000 tonnes; after week 8 around 33% of the available crops has been processed.
Cane quality has been good, with some very impressive figures from our largest harvesting groups. Fibre values were around 14.5% and ash values slightly above 2.00%. The weekly CCS rose to be 13.56 units and the year to date CCS figure moved upwards to be 13.15 units.
The Q240 was the dominant variety in the cane supply again this week making up 26.66%. The early season variety KQ228 made up 21% of the supply and continues to have good CCS, recording 14.25 units for the week. Q208, which is best described as a variety suitable for harvest all season round, also featured at around 21% of the cane supply with CCs of 13.58 units.
The highest individual CCS was recorded at 15.96 units from the variety KQ228 Autumn Plant supplied by a local grower in the area.