Increase in sugar content in Bundaberg cane crush

CRUSHING operations at the Bundaberg mills in the week resulted in a total throughput of 85,576 tonnes.

This brings the season total to 390,194 tonnes, about 25% of the crop estimate.

Bundaberg Sugar grower services officer Bruce Roberts said CCS was rising across the district.

"The district weekly average CCS was 14.06, an increase of 0.40 units from the previous week. CCS at both mills increased with Millaquin at 14.09 units and Bingera at 14.0," he said.

"The fact that 17.5% of the cane crushed has a CCS of 15.0 or higher is a good indication that our growers are making the correct choice when it comes to selecting and harvesting varieties," Mr Roberts said.

"The highest individual CCS was in the Millaquin area where one grower recorded 16.80 from a block of Q208A Plant cane.

"The base CCS of 13.30 will be adjusted for Millaquin from July 28. Bingera's base CCS will remain at 13.30 for the moment, however this will be reviewed in the coming weeks."

KQ228A was once again the major variety for the week with 36.6% of the supply and an average CCS of 14.40 at Millaquin and 14.50 at Bingera.

This was closely followed by Q208A at 22.8% of supply and an average CCS of 13.99 at Millaquin and 13.69 in the Bingera area.

There was a marked increase in the supply of Q232A at 14.2%, averaging a CCS of 13.70. This rose by 0.41 at Millaquin and 0.58 at Bingera.



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