Ideal con­di­tions for cane har­vest but take care on the burn

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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.

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