Burdekin will look to mark the final week of the 2018 crushing season with predictions showing Kalamia will be the first to wrap up as early as this time next week.
Invicta Mill is due to follow, wrapping up its season by next Friday while Pioneer and Inkerman will follow suit on Sunday, November 11, and Tuesday, November 13, respectively.
Wilmar general manager cane supply and grower relations Paul Giordani said crush rates had started to slow in the Burdekin with an increase in dirt and fibre levels.
“Current indications are that the Burdekin region will achieve the 8 million tonne forecast crop,” Mr Giordani said.
“Crush rates are beginning to slow due to the recent increase in dirt and fibre levels.”
Mr Giordani said Wilmar’s eight mills across North Queensland had officially reached the 88 per cent mark, in time for the warmer weather to drop CCS levels.
“Proserpine Mill has crushed out, Plane Creek Mill is expected to finish late next week and the other six mills are expected to finish during November,” Mr Giordani said.
“Wilmar’s mills have now crushed a total of 13.59 million tonnes out of an estimated 15.48 million tonne crop, putting us at the 88 per cent mark.
“CCS levels have begun to drop off as warmer weather sets in.”
The Herbert region will have to wait a little longer before they see the end of the crushing with expectations they will not reach their crop estimate until the end of November. He said the crop estimate had been revised down in the Herbert region by 20,000 tonnes due to dry conditions.