Cane Crush conditions improve
FIELD conditions improved significantly over the past seven days with the warmer spring weather drying paddocks out.
Throughput for week 13 was 64,818 tonnes of cane.
This brought the year to date figure to be 764,353 tonnes of cane that has been crushed at the Isis Mill for the 2016 season.
Cane quality issues continue to dominate discussions around the Isis region with many growers keen to understand the impacts that the modified harvesting equipment which is involved in a number of trials around the Isis district is having on reducing cane loss and extraneous matter.
This week the fibre values at Isis Mill averaged 15.28% and the ash component averaged 1.88%.
Values in this range will have a significant detrimental impact on the grower’s CCS and subsequently their profitability, hence the interest from growers in the trials.
The weekly average CCS was recorded as 13.99 units and the year to date CCS figure climbed to be 13.47 units.
Approximately 104,000 tonnes of raw sugar has now been made and transported to the bulk sugar terminal for the 2016 season.
The cane variety Q240 dominated the cane supply this week with 18,170 tonnes supplied making up around 28% of the total supply.
The early season variety KQ228 continues to produce good CCS averaging 14.59 units for the 13,330 tonnes supplied this week.
Highest individual CCS was from the variety KQ228 1R which was attributed to an Alloway grower who recorded 16.08 units.
SUGAR SEASON: The 2016 cane harvest is in full swing.