The 2010 Mossman crushing season commenced on 16 June.
The first week crushed a stop-start 13,000 tonnes. At 24 June mill average was 12 CCS, with the crop coming in heavier than estimate in some areas and lighter than estimate in others. Occasional light showers have not affected the harvest.
The ERMP roll-out is going to present a problem as farmers are busy with harvesting and planting. The mandatory nutrient calculator is also causing difficulties in the Mossman area. Maximum nutrition allowances are coming in ‘way’ under the expected levels that farmers know is needed to run a profitable industry. This needs to be remedied urgently!