Mar­ian Mill last to end crush­ing

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MACKAY Sugar’s 2018 sea­son came to a close yes­ter­day af­ter Mar­ian Mill was the last of the com­pany’s three mills to crush out.

Far­leigh and Race­course mills fin­ished their sea­sons on Thurs­day.

Chair­man of Cane­grow­ers Mackay Area Com­mit­tee Paul Schem­bri said this year a to­tal ton­nage of 4.7 mil­lion tonnes was crushed at Mackay Sugar’s three mills.

While this was “ob­vi­ously down on pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tion lev­els” Mr Schem­bri said, it was none the less a sat­is­fy­ing feel­ing to have all the crop crushed.

“This is the first time in three years that Mackay Sugar and its grow­ers won’t leave cane un­har­vested,” he said.

This year’s ear­lier fin­ish was due to al­most ideal har­vest­ing con­di­tions and im­proved milling per­for­mance.

Mr Schem­bri said sugar con­tent of over 14.2 was the high­est in three years and crop prospects for 2019 were “look­ing favourable at this point in time”.

The re­gion’s two Wil­mar mills, Proser­pine and Plane Creek, at Sa­rina, have al­ready fin­ished the 2018 crush.

Proser­pine crushed out on Oc­to­ber 21 with a sea­son to­tal of 1.56 mil­lion tonnes, and Plane Creek ended its sea­son on No­vem­ber 2 with 1.143mt.

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