Ideal conditions for cane harvest but take care on the burn
IDEAL harvesting conditions this week with 68,203 tonnes processed at the Isis Mill.
The Isis Mill led the state and recorded the highest weekly CCS in the state, recording 14.89 units for the reporting week to October 31.
CCS, Commercial Cane Sugar, which is a measure of recoverable sugar in the cane, is the basis for payment to growers.
This is an excellent outcome for our growers and reflects the maturity of the crop and the efforts put in by our growers and harvesting contractors to supply a quality product.
This week the CCS continues to improve with the weekly CCS reaching 15.16 units.
The year-to-date CCS also continues an upward trend and is now recorded as 13.90 units.
The Variety Q240 once again dominated cane supply for the week with 20,508 tonnes supplied, which 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 6pm and 6am the next day until conditions ease.
Growers must notify Firecom on 1800 354 621 of all planned burns prior to ignition to avoid unnecessary 000 calls and general alarm.