Fire dan­ger in­creases for re­gion’s su­gar cane grow­ers

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS - — John Gor­ringe

THIS week’s su­gar re­port:

Pro­duc­tion for the week was 60,537 tonnes of cane at a Mill av­er­age CCS of 14.71 units.

To date the Isis Mill has pro­cessed 949,964 tonnes of cane for the 2016 season.

This years Crush­ing Season es­ti­mate con­tin­ues to hover around 1,325,000 tonnes, there­fore as of Fri­day Oc­to­ber 14 there is ap­prox­i­mately 375,500 tonnes re­main­ing to be pro­cessed.

The cane va­ri­ety Q240 con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate cane sup­ply this week with 14,676 tonnes sup­plied at a Mill av­er­age CCS of 14.69 units.

The 2016 Season av­er­age CCS rose to be 13.67 units, year to date.

The high­est in­di­vid­ual CCS recorded for the week was 16.75 units, at­trib­uted to a Bucca Grower who sup­plied the va­ri­ety Q240 spring plant.

The Qual­ity pa­ram­e­ters for the week av­er­aged 14.64% for fi­bre and 1.65% for ash.

The Clean Team were ac­tive again this week meet­ing with SRA to hear first hand the re­sults of re­cent tri­als.

These tri­als re­in­forced the re­sults from pre­vi­ous tri­als that har­vester for­ward speed, base cut­ter rpm, clean­ing cham­ber ef­fec­tive­ness and row pro­file are all fac­tors to be con­sid­ered when look­ing for im­prove­ments in cane qual­ity.

The Clean Team are en­thu­si­as­ti­cally sup­port­ing sev­eral ini­tia­tives out­line by SRA aimed at ad­dress­ing the is­sues iden­ti­fied.

It is ideal weather for cane har­vest­ing at present but the fire dan­ger levels are in­creas­ing as the cane sup­ply area dries out and it is timely that grow­ers are re­minded to con­sider the ad­e­quacy of their in­di­vid­ual fire breaks and to con­sider other prop­er­ties.

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