Su­gar crush ends

The Weekend Post - - Business -

MORE than 30 mil­lion tonnes su­gar cane has been har­vested across Queens­land dur­ing the 2018 crush. All of the state’s 21 su­gar mills have wound up for the sea­son ex­cept one. Dry con­di­tions for most of the year and par­tic­u­larly through win­ter have re­sulted in a re­duc­tion to the ini­tial crop es­ti­mate, how­ever com­mer­cial su­gar con­tent (CCS) had in­creased, Aus­tralian Su­gar Milling Coun­cil’s Jim Crane said. The near-term low su­gar price outlook for the in­dus­try will place greater em­pha­sis in com­ing months on en­sur­ing that main­te­nance ex­pen­di­ture is fo­cused on the most crit­i­cal el­e­ments of the fac­to­ries and cane trans­port net­works to help im­prove farm­ers’ bot­tom lines.

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