Dr Ben Taylor and his CQU engineering students on a tour of Millaquin sugar mill.
Dr Ben Taylor and his CQU engineering students on a tour of Millaquin sugar mill. Simon Young

Million tonnes of sugar produced

BUNDABERG Sugar's mills have passed the one million tonnes mark for the 2013 season.

Bundaberg Sugar grower services officer Ron Crouch said good performance at Millaquin and Bingera mills resulted in 93,174 tonnes crushed for week 12.

"The season-to-date total is 1,011,003 tonnes which marks a milestone for the season and is a great effort from those involved. We have now crushed just over 65% of the crop estimate.

"The continuing good news for Bundaberg Sugar's growers is that the average CCS for week 12 increased to 15.75 units with 96% of the cane crushed by the Bundaberg mills averaging 15.00 CCS or above."

The weekly average CCS at Millaquin was 15.75 units and at Bingera 15.76 units, an increase of 0.14 units.

"The season-to-date average sugar content for the region is 14.48 units."

Again Q208A was by far the major variety with 34% supplied and an average CCS of 15.96 units.

Variety Q232A made up 19% of supply at an average CCS of 15.65.

The highest average CCS for an individual variety was 16.26 units for Q155A. Other major varieties supplied were KQ228A at 14% and Q240A at 11%.

"Current dry weather conditions are forcing growers to irrigate both plant and ratoon crops.

"In many cases they are also irrigating cane that is yet to be harvested in order to maintain weight and assist with ratooning."



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