The 2011 crush is over for another year, for the Northern Mills a least. Although Mossman finished in early October our neighbours were not quite so lucky. Mulgrave had to wait a little longer to complete the 2011 crush due to heavy rain with the finish line insight, putting a hold on field activates for a few days.
Mossman Mill’s final figure are now in. The 2011 season started on the 15th of June and finished on Friday the 7th October. It was a short 16.3 week season with the mill crushing 411,012 tonnes of cane with an average yield for the region of 57t/ha and a mill average CCS of 13.81. The mill averaged just over 25,000 tonnes of cane per week, which is quite low compared to previous years. Mossman Mill produced just over 57,000 tonnes of sugar and had 462 hours lost time.
With the early finish most farmers have now completed their fertiliser programs and are over half way through their spraying programs. The recent restriction put on the use of Diuron which came into effect on the 5th December will be yet another hurdle the sugar industry will have to overcome. Please contact your local chemical dealer for more information on these restrictions.
At the moment the crop in the Mossman region is looking very good and if weather conditions are favourable the signs are there for a bumper 2012 crop. A heavy down pour with over 320mm of rain falling in three days in late October did do some damage to areas of plant cane in the region. The 2012 season will also be boosted by a group of farmers who have actively sort more ex-cane land to return into production for next year’s harvest.
As we come to the end of other year we can only hope that the industry has had enough misfortune and we are due for some good luck. The future is looking a little brighter than it has for a while. With a reasonable sugar price expected and if weather conditions remain favourable, growers can expect a better return next year then they have had in the last two years.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the growers who have supported me over this year in my endeavours to further represent the industry. I wish to advise members that I was successful in being elected as the QSL Grower Representative for the Mossman Mill area. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful in being elected to the BSES Board and I stress that the current board must endeavour to keep BSES at the forefront of RD & E.
On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year