Crushing stops

WIDESPREAD rain across the region halted cane harvesting in the Proserpine area on Tuesday, with the mill forced to shut down after it exhausted its available cane supply.

The rain delay was frustrating to staff and farmers as cane supply and mill crushing had been strong prior to the wet conditions.

Some areas close to the mill received up to 25mm of rain over the weekend.

Sucrogen grower and community relations general manager John Pratt said crushing was not expected to resume before the end of this week.

"We will continue to assess ground conditions, in consultation with grower and harvesting representatives," he said.

A total of 80,565 tonnes of cane was crushed last week bringing the season to date to 222,501 tonnes.

The average bin weight was 9.41 tonnes.


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