The widespread unseasonable rain across the entire region on August 10 and 11 was largely welcomed as soil moisture levels were low and widespread irrigation was in full swing. It was probably a little more than we required with falls of over 100 mm recorded in some areas.
It will be difficult harvesting in most areas and it will be a week before normality returns. The effect should be that sugar content will fall while cane tonnage will rise and will hang on later into the season. The rain is good news for the plant cane in most areas however low lying areas will need sunshine and warmer temperatures.
Proserpine Sugar crushed 317,711 tonnes up to the end of week 4 ending 31st July
Progress is 18.69% of an estimated 1.7Mt. Season to date CCS was 13.35 at 85.04 purity.
Proserpine varieties Q208, KQ228 have been the leaders with CCS in the 14’s.
Mackay Sugar processed 258,609 tonnes for the week ending August 8. Sugar content was an average of 14.77 units for the week compared to 14.02 units in the previous week.
Plane Creek crushed 56,078 304,256 up to the week ending 7 August 2010. The CCS for the week was 15.30 CCS while the year to date CCS was 14.39. The yield is tracking 83.5% of estimate and the crop forecast 1.1 million tonnes.
Plane Creek varieties Q208, Q157, Q209, KQ228, Q200 & Q185 have all recorded CCS in the 15’s, with the varieties RB75-541, Q138, Q170, Q226 and Q190 all in the 14’s CCS.
The highest Plane Creek CCS sample for the week was from a rake of Plant KQ228, at 17.64 from the Yukan District.
QSL has increased the sugar price for the interim cane payment from $265 to $310 per tonne. This increase will be effective from Thursday 19 August.
Mackay Sugar has developed a 20-year plan setting out the potential for projects and growth through to 2030. The planning document will be tabled as part of Mackay Regional Council’s planning consultation process. The plan aims to see that sugar cane land is acknowledged and protected.
Central Regional Director