Cane crush halfway through the harvest
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.