Mixed sugar bag for Bur­dekin, Ing­ham

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

ONE- QUAR­TER of the Bur­dekin’s to­tal cane crop has now been crushed, with the dis­trict’s four mills reach­ing the 2- mil­lion- tonne mile­stone over the week­end.

Wil­mar Sugar’s Bur­dekin re­gion cane sup­ply man­ager Steve Postma said the crop con­tin­ued to cut very close to the orig­i­nal es­ti­mate of 8.270 mil­lion tonnes.

He said a con­tin­u­a­tion of the cur­rent weather, es­ti­mate and through­put trends would see the sea­son fin­ish­ing in the first half of Novem­ber.

While Ing­ham’s CCS lev­els rose slightly last week, sea­son- to- date lev­els re­main dis­ap­point­ing at just 11.57 – about two points be­low the Bur­dekin av­er­age of 13.53.

Wil­mar Herbert re­gion cane sup­ply man­ager Jim Kirch­ner said it was hoped the re­cent run of cool weather might help lift CCS lev­els.

The Herbert dis­trict has crushed a to­tal of 568,600 mil­lion tonnes at the end of last week, out of a to­tal es­ti­mate of 4 mil­lion tonnes.

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