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Farmers & Graziers

4 July, 2021

First crushing update for 2021

THE CRUSHING season is now underway for all four of WIlmar's mills in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Burdekin regions.


Factories have so far processed about 10 percent of the total estimated crop.

Wilmar Sugar General manager – cane supply and grower relations Paul Giordani said the burdekin mills “were first to kick off, on June 8, followed by Plane Creek on June 15 and the Herbert on June 18,” Mr Giordani said.

Mr Giordani said the Proserpine Mill started crushing on July 1.

“We expect top rocess a total of 15.27 million tonnes of cane this season and manufacture about 2.15 million tonnes of raw sugar,” he said.

“Our factories have so far processed about 10 percent of the total estimated crop.”

HERBERT FIGURES

CCS this week Tonnes to date Percent of total Total HBT crop
11.60 236,400 5.38 percent 4.38 million tonnes

Mr Giordani said crushing came to a complete stop at the Herbert mills on July 2 because the wet conditions limited harvesting last week.

So far, 236,400 tonnes has been processed, where they have 5.38 percent total.

“We have used the wet weather breaks to undertake cleaning intermissions at both Herbert mills. CCS levels are encouraging, with this week’s average slightly above budget,” he said.

BURDEKIN FIGURES

CCS this week Tonnes to date Percent of total Total BKN crop
13.70 1.16 million 14.50 percent 7.97 million tonnes

Burdekin has processed 1.16 million tonnes to date and has 14.50 percent total.

CCS levels were 13.70 for last week.

“Factory reliability has been good and we are focused on maximising throughputs by lifting crushing rates,” he said.

“Wet weather has been impacting cane supply, particularly I nthe southern part of the district.

“Yield, weekly throughput and CCS are all sitting above budget.”

PROSERPINE FIGURES

CCS this week Tonnes to date Percent of total Total PRO crop
11.83 1270 0.10 percent 1.64 million tonnes

The Proserpine mills has 1270 tonnes processed , but only has 0.10 per cent.

Mr Giordani said crushing started at 10am on July 1, following start-up issues.

“The factory is beginning to settle down and harvesting contractors are making good headway, with little impact from wet weather,” he said.

“The average weekly CCS is equal to the first week of last season, and is expected to reach comparable results.”

PLANE CREEK FIGURES

CCS this week Tonnes to date Percent of total Total PCK crop
12.82 121,000 9.33 percent 1.30 million tonnes

The Plane Creek mills processed 121,000 tonnes to date and have 9.33 percent total so far.

“The factory has performed well over the first weeks of the season,” he said.

“We have experienced some cane supply shortfalls, but throughput is increasing as ground conditions improve.

“CCS is showing an encouraging upward trend, with this week’s average more than half a unit above the previous week.”


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