Cane growers are counting down to the end of the 2018 crushing.
Cane growers are counting down to the end of the 2018 crushing. Tony Martin

Wilmar revises Proserpine finishing date

PROSERPINE Mill has crushed about 89 per cent of its total estimated crop as harvesting enters the home stretch.

Finishing date at the Wilmar Sugar mill had been revised to Thursday, October 18, subject to unscheduled stops and weather, cane supply manager Tony Marino said.

"This will be continually updated via GrowerWeb and text messages to harvest contractors," he said.

Proserpine's throughput for week 16, ending October 6, was 92,854 tonnes of cane, bringing the season total to date to 1,410,222 tonnes.

Average weekly CCS increased by 0.18 of a unit on the previous week, from 15.95 to 16.13. The season-to-date CCS is now 14.85 units.

The highest CCS sample was 18.27 from a rake of sixth ratoon Q208 in the Hamilton Plains Productivity District.

Mr Marino said thanks went out to all in the Proserpine Mill community for an incident-free school holiday period.

Plane Creek Mill at Sarina crushed 61,159 tonnes for week 17, ending October 6, which cane supply manager John Tait said was above budget.

"Availability was good at 88 per cent, however, crushing rate was reduced due to high CCS levels," Mr Tait said..

"The average weekly CCS continues to rise as a result of the dry conditions."

CCS for the week was 15.94, which is 0.64 units above budget.

The highest CCS for the week was 17.80 from a rake of Q208 plant from the Ilbilbie Productivity District.

The season-to-date CCS is now 14.85 units.

The total crushed this season to date at Plane Creek is 931,093 tonnes.



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