Sugar cane recovers from rain with race now on to finish harvest

02.09.2016

There have been similar problems for most other cane growing regions in Queensland.

But cane harvesting and sugar milling is now back in full swing with millers expecting to meet crushing targets in all but one region.

Tully is expecting to have stand over cane that will not be crushed this year while other regions look set to finish by Christmas.

Some have had harvest tonnage forecasts for the year increased.

Wilmar growing regions, Bundaberg and Plane Creek, have had four weeks of stoppages due to the rain.

Proserpine and the Herbert have had three weeks of stoppages.

Mackay Sugar's three mills have crushed a combined total of 1.9 million tonnes with just over 60 per cent of the crop remaining to be harvested.

Wet weather has pushed their season out to after mid-December, to finish with an expected total of 5.6 million tonnes to be crushed.

Return of sunshine a welcome relief

The return of sunshine has been a welcome relief for far northern cane growers and millers.

Sugar mills from Ingham to the Tableland are crushing and harvest contractors are racing against the clock to make up for lost time.

Mulgrave Central has crushed over 40 per cent of this year's crop and South Johnstone over 30 per cent.

In the southern region, wet weather has delayed the crush for all millers, but there is no risk of stand over.

Bundaberg Sugar will crush an extra eight hours a week for the next six weeks at its Bingera mill in an effort to make up some lost time.

Childers has an expected end date of late November.

And in Maryborough, the crop is on target to reach 100 per cent of the 800,000 tonne estimate which could see the end date pushed out by about a week.


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