Harvest progress, but quality still concern
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.