Cane qual­ity im­proved and val­ues down

Isis Town and Country - - News - John Gor­ringe CEO

WIN­TER fell by the way with the first few days of spring now upon us.

Weather records show that the win­ter of 2016 was mild with lit­tle sig­nif­i­cant im­pact from frosts recorded across the Isis Mill cane-grow­ing re­gion.

Field con­di­tions im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly this week as the warmer tem­per­a­tures as­sisted the dry­ing process in the field.

Har­vesters made good progress with the need for full track har­vest­ing equip­ment di­min­ish­ing.

Cane qual­ity im­proved slightly with fi­bre val­ues down slightly on last week to be 14.80% and ash lev­els now just above 2%.

Fac­tory main­te­nance oc­curred on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 31.

The 14-hour planned stop­page in­volved nor­mal fac­tory clean­ing and shred­der ham­mer re­place­ment.

Spring plant­ing con­tin­ues across the re­gion with about 5000 tonnes of cane al­ready be­ing taken for use as plants.

This was re­flected in the 2016 crop es­ti­mate, which de­creased slightly and is now recorded as 1,321,983 tonnes.

To date about 44% of the avail­able crop has been har­vested.

Through­put for the week was 65,412.05 tonnes of cane and the Isis Mill has now pro­cessed 580,947.27 tonnes of cane through the rollers for the 2016 sea­son.

The early sea­son cane va­ri­ety KQ228 con­tin­ues to pro­vide good CCS.

An Al­loway grower record­ing the high­est in­di­vid­ual CCS for the week of 16.53 units from a 1st ra­toon block.

Weekly CCS went up by 0.20 units com­pared to last week reach­ing 13.92 units.

The sea­son to date fig­ure rose to be 13.30 units.

The va­ri­ety Q242 dom­i­nated cane sup­ply dur­ing week 10 with 12,461 tonnes supplied for a mill av­er­age CCS of 13.89 units.

How­ever, KQ228 con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the CCS fig­ures pro­duc­ing a mill av­er­age CCS of 14.45 units from the 11,654 tonnes supplied.

The crush sea­son will con­tinue through to Novem­ber, ev­ery har­vest rain has de­layed the fi­nal crush date.

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