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Farmers & Graziers

10 July, 2021

Strong world prices welcomed

STRONG world sugar prices made for welcome news throughout the Mackay Isaac and Whitsunday growing districts this week. Topping at around $528 a tonne early in the week, the price stayed strong throughout bettering even the pricing levels seen in February this year.


STRONG world sugar prices made for welcome news throughout the Mackay Isaac and Whitsunday growing districts this week. Topping at around $528 a tonne early in the week, the price stayed strong throughout bettering even the pricing levels seen in February this year.

 Across the district, as all mills across the Mackay Sugar and Wilmar networks finally fired up for their 2021 season, CCS levels were maintained around the 11-13 mark with the Mackay Sugar growing area reporting 12.32 for Farleigh, 12.26 for Marian and 13.11 for Racecourse. 

Place Creek’s areas recorded 12.36 and Proserpine came out of the stalls for the season with 12.85. Proserpine Mill fired up for its 2021 season just after 10am on July 01. A spokesperson for the mill said while throughput was a little off budget and there had been some factory challenges, it could all be attributed to some start-up issues which were not unexpected.

The spokesperson said wet weather conditions through the week didn’t adversely interrupt harvesting and while throughput might have been below target, CCS results had commenced above budget, at 12.85. “The highest CCS sample was 14.88 from a rake of plant Q208 in the Glen Isla Productivity District,” the spokesman said.

Representatives of both Mackay Sugar and Wilmar have called on motorists to take extra care throughout the district, especially at level crossings. “Our key message to everyone is: ‘Use your train brain’,” the Willmar spokesman said. 

“Please be cane train smart around our rail network. “We also ask parents and guardians to remind their children about the dangers of playing on or near the cane rail network during weekends and during the school holidays.”  


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