Cane quality improved and values down
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.