A harvester is put to work on a Bundaberg cane farm.
A harvester is put to work on a Bundaberg cane farm. Mike Knott

Cane crush on track

THE cane crush is well on track, with only 10 days of disruptions to mills during the season.

Millaquin Mill factory manager David Pickering said 783,000 tonnes of cane had already made its way through the factory from an expected 1.575 million tonnes.

The mill still has a few days of disruption up their sleeve, with a planned 14 days of closure during the season for contingencies.

“We are expected to finish in late November,” he said.

“We have received a good rainfall through the season.

“It does seem like a wetter season than average. We do have to have some rain for the crop, but we have had more than optimum rainfall.”

He said the Commercial Cane Sugar (CCS) content had started well above average, but levels were gradually evening out.

“The average was around 13.5 and it very quickly climbed to 14.5, which is around one unit above the CCS five year average,” he said.

“Since then we have had wet weather and the CCS has not risen any higher. The season will average around 14.25.”

He said this figure was certainly not bad news, but it was not going to be the bumper CCS season that it looked to be at the start of the season.

Mr Pickering said prices also remained high.

“It’s still a positive season for our growers,” he said.

“The sugar price is attractive and we’re hopeful for a large spring planting, weather permitting.”



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