Isis Mill crushing season
CRUSHING operations at Isis Mill have been under way for 60 days. Crushing activities have been hampered by wet weather. These delays and an increasing crop estimate, which is now recorded as 1.326 million tonnes has pushed the target completion date back from mid-November to around the November 25.
Throughput at the mill for the past five weeks has averaged 67,172 tonnes. This week’s performance mirrored the previous four weeks with 69,605.17 tonnes of cane processed through the rollers at Isis Mill. The mill surpassed the 500,000 tonne milestone with the year to date throughput reaching 515,535.22 tonnes.
CCS continues to rise steadily recorded as 13.71 units, which is up 0.15% on the previous week and the year-to-date CCS figure is now 13.23 units.
KQ228 continues to be dominant in the cane supply with almost 25% supplied this week at 14.01 units of CCS. Q240 was also plentiful making up almost 20% of the supply at a weekly average CCS of 13.70 units. A grower from South Kolan recorded the highest individual CCS of 15.86 units for the week from the variety KQ228 1st ratoon.
Cane quality figures suggest that field conditions are still proving to be a challenge with fibre values increasing slightly on last week to be around 15.00% and ash values being recorded at just above 2.25%. Monitoring of harvesting activities by all stakeholders is essential to ensure cane quality parameters are met.
Soil temperature is now around 17 degrees Celsius and many growers have started spring planting. Clean IPL plot cane is available and growers should check with Isis Productivity Limited staff about timing for collection of plants in their local areas.