Fire danger increases for region’s sugar cane growers
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.