All mills in NSW will start the 2010 crush by the end of June. While the crush will not be a record one , the tonnages per hectare will be respectable.
The NSW Sugar Milling co-op has engaged a member of staff to work towards bringing some of the land that has been lost to production over the last several years back into sugar cane . With acceptable sugar prices expected over the next several year we think the project will be successful.
There is an air of optimism in the industry that has not been present for some time.
Our three mills will all start the season on burned cane this year. From the 4th of August Condong mill will move to green cane harvesting for a trial of 100,000 tons. During the period of the trial no burned cane will be accepted at the mill for crushing. The local cane growers executive will assist the mill staff to organize the trial and to ensure equity of harvest during the trial period.
The trial will start with growers providing cane with about 50% of the available extraneous matter ( no topper running and extractors running at 600 rpm).
If this still causes problems at the mill then we will increase extraction until the mill can handle (crush and make sugar)what we send in .
The three cane growers executives in NSW have been organizing chemical accreditation courses for their growers to renew their certificates and for the few who have not done the course at all. The course runs for 2 days and in NSW farmers must renew their certification every five years .
Let us hope that the season is a productive one for all our growers and that we have an early finish without too many stoppages, at the mill or by wet weather. That is a big call but we can only hope!