Cane crush winds up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

A LESS than per­fect har­vest of­fi­cially ends at mid­night tonight when the Moss­man mill crushes its last load of su­gar cane.

Deputy gen­eral man­ager Haydn Slat­tery said the mill was just wait­ing on its last 1000 tonnes of cane com­ing by road from the Ather­ton Table­lands be­fore call­ing an end to the sea­son which was short­ened by se­vere weather con­di­tions.

“Af­ter the fi­nal crush all we can do then is to look for­ward to next year’s crop and hope that Mother Na­ture is a lit­tle kinder to the farm­ers than she was this sea­son and we can re­turn to a big­ger yield,” he said.

“As soon as we fin­ish crush­ing tonight and get cleaned up, our main­te­nance pro­gram be­gins where we make any re­pairs needed to our ma­chin­ery in readi­ness for next year,” Mr Slat­tery said.

The Moss­man mill crushed just over 400,000 tonnes this sea­son, with an av­er­age CCS of around 13.7.

Sweet ride: Rob Walker loads up his front-end loader with su­gar cane that will go into the fi­nal crush at mid­night tonight

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