Storms hit cane harvest but some standing out
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.