All crops are looking good and despite an early finish the early ratoons are still visibly ahead of the later retoons. Late planted Q208 has suffered some poorer strikes resulting from high late CCS in the billets. Since late December 2011 we have had a couple of good falls of 100mm. Mackay Sugar is looking 5.5 Mt for 2012 and probably an early start. The problem of retaining skilled workers for mill operation and maintenance is ongoing.
Plane creek has seen similar actions to increase production and return former MIS forestry land to sugar cane.