Bundaberg sugar crush update

AS THE end of the 2013 crushing season draws closer, Bundaberg mills processed a combined total of 88,075 tonnes in week 17, bringing the season total to 1,425,641.

Bundaberg Sugar grower services officer Bruce Roberts said high sugar content continued to be good news for Bundaberg Sugar's growers.

"For the second week in a row the district average CCS is over 16.00 at 16.10 for week 17. This is an excellent result and takes our season average to 14.90," Mr Roberts said.

"In fact over 59% of the tonnes crushed in the past week recorded 16.00 CCS or more."

The major variety was Q208A, accounting for 41.7% of the weekly throughput with an exceptional average CCS of 16.45 units, followed by Q232A with 12.0% of supply and a slightly lower average CCS of 15.18 units.

Variety Q200A and Q240A both tested well averaging 16.31 and 16.32 respectively.

The highest individual CCS was 18.60 units at Millaquin and was shared by three growers who supplied Q208A Old Ratoon.

"There is now a total fire ban in place. All permits issued will be revoked."

Mr Roberts said growers should contact their fire warden for details.

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