Ing­ham cane yields ris­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

WEEKS of show­ery weather has kept the Ing­ham dis­trict’s cane crop in a state of growth and yields are about 8 per cent up on pre- sea­son es­ti­mates.

Wil­mar Sugar Herbert re­gion cane sup­ply man­ager Jim Kirch­ner said this in­crease was more pro­nounced in the north­ern and western ar­eas due to their warm, moist con­di­tions.

He said some drier dis­tricts had re­ported an es­ca­la­tion in the amount of crop af­fected by yel­low canopy syn­drome, which may have a neg­a­tive im­pact on over­all CCS ex­pec­ta­tions.

At the end of last week, the Herbert River mills had crushed 779,000 tonnes with a sea­sonto- date CCS level of 11.62.

Herbert River Cane­grow­ers man­ager Peter Sheedy said the sig­nif­i­cant crop growth could add a week to the harvest.

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