Lim­ited wet weather har­vest­ing gear put to use

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

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.

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