Cane crush half­way through the har­vest

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE 2016 cane sea­son passed the half­way mile­stone. The Isis Mill has now pro­cessed 699,534.33 tons of cane, which is about 52% of the 1,330,000 tonnes of cane fore­cast to be avail­able for har­vest. The 2016 har­vest­ing sea­son has been im­pacted by per­sis­tent wet weather events but the har­vest is still on tar­get to be com­pleted by late Novem­ber.

Har­vest­ing con­trac­tors re­port the warmer con­di­tions have in­creased evap­o­ra­tion lev­els and field con­di­tions are dry­ing out quicker after each of the rain­fall.

The need for har­vest­ing equip­ment has de­clined over re­cent weeks. How­ever, grow­ers have con­cerns about har­vest­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with their har­vest­ing con­trac­tor or field of­fi­cer as wet weather har­vest­ing equip­ment is limited.

Week 12 was im­pacted by rain­fall, which oc­curred Septem­ber 9, per­sis­tent show­ers slowed har­vest­ing. These show­ers de­vel­oped into rain by Satur­day night when rain­fall of be­tween 20 and 40mm fell across the cane-grow­ing re­gion. Three-day rain­fall to­tals var­ied across the re­gion with rain­fall reg­is­tra­tions from as lit­tle as 20mm to above 50mm in some lo­ca­tions.

Lost time due to the wet weather was 26.5 hours and this was re­flected in the weekly crush­ing fig­ures with 59,361.28 tonnes pro­cessed through the rollers at Isis Mill dur­ing week 12.

Cane qual­ity is in­flu­enced by wet con­di­tions in the field and this may be con­tribut­ing to the high re­sults in week 12 with fi­bre val­ues recorded as 15.03% and ash lev­els at 2.10%.

CCS was also im­pacted with the weekly CCS recorded as 13.92 units, which was down by 0.20 units on last week’s re­sults. The sea­son to date CCS is now 13.42 units.

Ground tem­per­a­ture and mois­ture lev­els are ideal for cane plant­ing, which is con­tin­u­ing across the re­gion with dis­tri­bu­tions from clean cane plots al­most com­pleted. Ra­toon cane is flour­ish­ing and grow­ers are now turn­ing their at­ten­tion to nu­tri­ent ap­pli­ca­tion.

FES­TI­VAL: Cane ready for the mill.

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