Time lost in har­vest due to the rain

Isis Town and Country - - News - CEO John Gor­ringe CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE OF­FI­CER

AP­PROX­I­MATELY 15 hours of pro­duc­tion time was lost last week when very wel­come rain­fall im­pacted har­vest­ing ac­tiv­i­ties early in the day on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22.

Show­ers de­vel­oped from around 5am and by mid-morn­ing in­creased to light rain.

Day­time tem­per­a­tures plum­meted as the rain moved across the re­gion and with­out sun­shine to dry things out har­vest­ing ceased for the day.

Sub­se­quently, crush­ing op­er­a­tions ground to a halt just after mid­night early on the morn­ing of Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 23 and didn’t re­sume un­til later in the day.

Rain­fall record­ings fluc­tu­ated across the re­gion with 10mm recorded in the au­to­matic gauges around Bund­aberg, 15mm through South Kolan, Bull­yard, Wallav­ille and Gin Gin and up to 25mm in the Childers area.

Through­put for the week at Isis Mill was im­pacted due to the rain with 57,309 tonnes of cane pro­cessed.

This brought the year to date pro­duc­tion to 1,080,224 tonnes of cane.

The Mill has now crushed slightly more than 80% of the avail­able cane crop.

Which con­tin­ued to in­crease with 1.33 mil­lion tonnes of cane now es­ti­mated to be avail­able for har­vest and the 2016 crush­ing cam­paign is on tar­get to be com­pleted by the last week­end in Novem­ber.

Cane qual­ity pa­ram­e­ters were im­pacted by the damp con­di­tions on Sun­day.

Cane Fi­bre per­cent­ages reached 15.01% with the ash com­po­nent recorded as 1.70% for Week 18.

CCS val­ues were above 15.25 units early in the crush­ing week but dropped off after the rain­fall event.

Field con­di­tions have dried out and the CCS re­cov­ered later in the week to be 14.88 units week to date.

The sea­son to date CCS value con­tin­ues to rise and is now recorded as 13.82 units.

The high­est in­di­vid­ual CCS for the week was recorded as 17.17 units for the va­ri­ety Q208 Au­tumn Plant which was sup­plied by a Wallav­ille Grower.

Isis Cen­tral Su­gar Mill is a lo­cally owned com­pany, prid­ing them­selves on the ef­fi­cient and re­li­able op­er­a­tion of our su­gar mill and de­liv­er­ing sus­tain­able re­turns to our share­hold­ers.

With over 115 years ex­pe­ri­ence of grow­ing the busi­ness and rep­u­ta­tion, they now crush over 1.4 mil­lion tonnes in a sea­son and have an an­nual turnover in ex­cess of $90,000,000.

Their prod­ucts in­clude raw su­gar, mar­ket do­mes­ti­cally and ex­port via QSL, mo­lasses and elec­tric­ity through our com­mer­cial ar­range­ment with AGL.

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