In most areas of NSW it is 2010 all over again , wet harvesting conditions, too wet to plant cane and unless there is a major change to drier weather, the ratoons will not be great for 2012-13
Some growers have taken advantage of the small windows that have opened, to plant their cane; although some have not been so fortunate, with hundreds of hectares still to be planted in all districts.
The NSW Sugar milling co-op has been working closely with growers to arrange a planting scheme which loans growers up to $1,000 per hectare to help them re-establish crops for the next few seasons. The loans, which cover planting in 2011-12, are at a very favourable interest rate and many growers have taken advantage of them.
At the time of writing, Condong mill will finish crushing around the first week in November while the Richmond and Clarence will crush out in December.
We can only hope that the rain stops and the sun shines for the rest of the year so that the 2012 season will give growers the return they hope for.
At the end of October, NSW mills had crushed 1.249 million tonnes out of an estimated 1.694 million tonnes. NSW measures sugar content as percentage pol rather than CCS.