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Slow start to this year’s cane season

Lynne Mowbray |

Clarence Cane Growers Association manager Brendan Reeves said that this year’s season has got away to a slow start, with 100 mm of rain received during the first week of crushing, delaying full production.

“The season kicked off on 5 June and we are looking at around 685,000 tons for the crushing season,” Mr Reeves said.
“The season will run until 29 November, depending on weather and mill stoppages.
“The Commercial Cane Sugar [CCS] level is better than expected with the early start to the season and the budgeted CCS level for 2018, is 11.88.
“Up until last Sunday (24 June) there has been 58,671 tons of cane cut so far for this season,” he said.

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