Har­vest progress, but qual­ity still con­cern

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE Isis Mill has been crush­ing for 95 days and has pro­cessed 838,315.16 tonnes of cane.

The fore­cast crop avail­able for har­vest re­mains static at around 1,325,000 tonnes and from Septem­ber 30, about 496,000 tonnes re­mained.

Har­vest­ing con­trac­tors made good progress this week sup­ply­ing 63,962.47 tonnes of cane for pro­cess­ing.

Ground con­di­tions were favourable for most of the week but rain on Septem­ber 29 is ex­pected to cause fur­ther in­ter­rup­tions.

Cane qual­ity con­tin­ues to cause con­cern with fi­bre val­ues av­er­ag­ing 15.04% and ash at 1.81%.

This week the cane qual­ity team worked with a har­vest­ing con­trac­tor with an older har­vester sup­ply­ing around 250 tonnes per day.

This con­trac­tor was able to make sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to cane qual­ity by fo­cus­ing on the clean­ing cham­ber around the pri­mary ex­trac­tor of the har­vester.

The changes made and the rel­a­tively small in­vest­ment paid div­i­dends al­most im­me­di­ately to both the grower and the con­trac­tor and once again demon­strated that the small­est of changes can make a big dif­fer­ence to cane qual­ity.

Av­er­age CCS for the week was 14.37 units, a rise of 0.38 bring­ing YTD to 13.54.

The Q240 va­ri­ety made up 25% of the to­tal cane sup­ply with 16,147 tonnes for a mill av­er­age CSS of 14.50.

A Wallav­ille grower recorded the week’s high­est CCS, 16.33, from Q208 AP.

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