Rewarding Bundaberg sugar season despite later start

WHAT began as a wet, delayed start to the crush has become a rewarding season for cane farmers supplying Bundaberg Sugar, with increased cane yields, high sugar content and good mill performance.

Plenty of cane planting is under way. A majority of growers have finished their spring planting program and are looking for rain to grow the crop.

Bundaberg Sugar grower services officer Ron Crouch said a total of 94,571 tonnes were crushed for the week by the Bundaberg Mills. This takes the season to date total to 1,223,260 tonnes, representing 66% of the 2012 crop.

"CCS is extremely high at present with the highest being 18.40 in variety Q208A. The district weekly average CCS was 15.35, rising 0.21 of a unit. Millaquin's CCS of 15.59 was ahead of Bingera's 15.11 for the week.

Growers have a limited opportunity to get filter-press delivered in the next three weeks. Grower services officers can be contacted for details.

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