At the time of writing (16 August) planting is going full steam with farmers planting and replanting cyclone and flood damaged cane. The conditions have been dry with a period of a week or so ago where rain fell throughout the district. It is quite dusty at present and you would swear that it hasn’t rained at all. Quite possibly the gale force winds experienced along the coast have dried the ground. However, that could change at any moment as it is threatening to rain.
District crushing to date is around 1.15million tonnes. Average bin weight is 6.45tonnes. District CCS season to date is 11.66
Standover cane is still being cut with the top performing varieties Q186 with a CCS of 10.52 and Q186 with a CCS of 10.28. The lowest performing variety being KQ228 with an average CCS of 9.43
One year old cane – top performing varieties MQ239 with a CCS of 14.05, Q208 with a CCS of 14.67. Quite a difference between standover and one year old cane.
Rats are now becoming a problem in the standover cane with some of the cane so badly damaged it won’t make it to the mill.
NQBE has preliminary approval from the Hinchinbrook Council in relation to establishing the new mill. Some conditions are to be addressed before full approval is given and Farmers are looking forward to the approval being given in the very near future.