As the 2011 crush reaches the half way mark, it is now clear that the events of 2010 season have had a greater effect then first estimated.
At the conclusion of week 8, 167 916t of cane had passed through the rollers. A re-estimate based on blocks cut and average losses to date has seen over 50 000t reduced from the original estimate. The Mossman regions current estimate is running at around 82% of estimate.
The team at Mossman Agricultural Services will be carrying out weekly observations of completed blocks and any consignment anomalies, to keep the estimate as correct as possible for the remainder of the season. If growers feel that the information for their farm is in-correct please contact Mossman Agricultural Services, so they can check for any anomalies.
In the first few weeks we have had some factory reliability issues, with some major delays due to break downs. These reliability issues are still having an effect on the 2011 season; however they are becoming less frequent. The average CCS for the Mossman Mill area is averaging close to 13 with the to-date average to the end of week 7 being 12.85.
These figures are much the same as Mulgrave, with their estimate running at around 80% to the original estimate with an average CCS of 12.9.
Most farmers have completed their early plant and now are shifting focus to their replant blocks. The main varieties that have been planted are Q208, KQ228, Q231 and our limited amount of Q241 and Q183 will also be planted out this year.
In my last report I encouraged growers to participate in this year’s Mossman Next Generation Cane display to be held at the Mossman Show.
The Mossman Next Generation Group would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s cane display.
- Padovan Harvesting and C Fasano & Co for taking the three prizes in Class 1 – 3 sticks of an approved variety.
- C Fasano & Co, M & K Bruyn and Padovan Harvesting for taking the prizes for Class 2 – Collection of 3 sticks of 3 varieties. (ACFA Sponsored)
- M & K Bruyn, Padovan Harvesting and J & C Raldini for taking the three prizes for Class 3 – 6 heavy sticks of any one variety.
- M & K Bruyn for taking Champion Exhibit – 6 heavy sticks 21kg.
The 2011 Mossman Next Generation Groups show cane exhibition was a well organised display with a high level of entries. The display had over 30 entries from 7 different growers with each class being well represented. The growers from the region should be commended for their effort, especially after the difficult year they had last year.
The Mossman Next Generation Group would also like to thank everyone who entered and also the people who helped setup on the day.