Cane crush winds up
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