Time lost in harvest due to the rain
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.