Storms hit cane har­vest but some stand­ing out

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

WEATHER im­pacted har­vest­ing ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing week 11 when storm rain­fall hap­pened overnight on Fri­day and early Satur­day, Septem­ber 3.

Rain­fall record­ings ranged from 6 to 21mm with a top of 21.4mm at Pranges Rd in Farns­field.

Fur­ther show­ers were recorded on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 8. These con­di­tions are keep­ing the pad­docks wet and re­strict­ing har­vest­ing on oc­ca­sion, which ul­ti­mately af­fects cane sup­ply to the fac­tory.

Through­put for the week at the Isis Mill was im­pacted by the wet weather with 59,222.22 tonnes pro­cessed. The mill has now pro­cessed 640,169.49 tonnes of cane for the 2016 sea­son to date.

The es­ti­mated cane crop avail­able for har­vest in the 2016 sea­son is now 1.32 mil­lion tonnes, of which about 48% has now been har­vested.

We are near­ing the half­way mark of the sea­son and in­di­ca­tions are that the 2016 crush­ing cam­paign will be com­pleted by late Novem­ber.

Cane qual­ity is dif­fi­cult to achieve un­der the cur­rent con­di­tions, but at least one of the largest har­vest­ing groups is achiev­ing out­stand­ing re­sults with its weekly fi­bre val­ues around 13.04% and ash at 1.37%. This is a great re­sult when you com­pare them to the dis­trict weekly av­er­age of 15.05% for fi­bre and 2.09% for ash.

The cane va­ri­ety KQ228 con­tin­ues its dom­i­nance of the cane sup­ply, mak­ing up 24.69% of the to­tal sup­ply for the week, record­ing 14.48 units of CCS. Weekly av­er­age CCS rose to be 14.10 units and the sea­son to date CCS fig­ure now stands at 13.38 units.

HAR­VEST TIME: Wet weather af­fected the crush in Week 11.

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