Conditions ideal for harvest at mill this week
High fire risk for farmers
is just over 30% of the total supply for the week.
Q240 averaged 15.37 units of CCS for the week.
The highest individual CCS recorded for the week was 17.23 units for the variety Q208 1R supplied by a Whitebridge grower near Childers.
The Isis Mill has now processed 1,148,427 tonnes of cane for the 2016 season.
The current season estimate of cane available for harvest is 1,344,920 tonnes of cane.
This equates to around 196,492 tonnes left to harvest and process for the 2016 season.
Daily throughput is normally around 10,000 tonnes, so on Friday November 4 there were about 20 days of harvesting left for the 2016 season.
Under normal conditions harvesting of the 2016 crop is on target to be completed in 21 days, after bin allotments on Friday November 25.
This is of course a tentative date and may change significantly over the next few weeks.
The current weather conditions have led to an increased risk of fire with all of the local area now considered to be at very high risk.
General fire permits have been cancelled but cane farmers are still able to utilise fire for harvesting.
Growers are reminded to exercise extreme caution and to restrict cane firing and burning activities to between the hours of 6.00pm through to 6:00am the next day until conditions ease.
Growers must notify Firecom (1800 354 621) of all planned burns prior to ignition to avoid unnecessary 000 calls and general alarm.
A reminder to all motorists to be cautious in and around the cane train tracks as there has been a number of reported incidents, harvesters operate 24 hours a day.