Marian Mill last to end crushing
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.