Home Hill News

Wilmar increases Crop Estimate

WILMAR Sugar has increased their total crop estimate for its North Queensland Sugar Mills in its latest group-wide crushing update.

In the key points in the update, Wilmar Sugar’s General Manger Cane Supply and Grower Relations, Paul Giordani announced that the company had increased their total crop estimate to 16.28m tonnes at the same time as the mills had processed two-thirds of the total re-estimated crop.

In the Burdekin, he said factory reliability has been good and the Burdekin mills had reached the 70 per cent milestone for the 2022 season.

He said the CCS continued its upward trend, with the week’s average (as of October 18) the highest recorded so far this season.

“We currently expect all four mills to finish the season by the third week of December,” he said at that time.

They had revised their total crop estimate upwards, due to in-season growth in the Herbert and Proserpine regions, with the total estimate for the Wilmar group of mills now 16.28M tonnes – an increase of 230,000 tonnes or 1.43 per cent on the previous forecast.

Mr Giordani said they had now processed a total of 10.80M tonnes of sugarcane, or 66.33 per cent of the total re-estimated crop.

“Rain continues to have a major impact on harvesting and crushing operations, particularly in the Herbert and Plane Creek regions,” he said, “and with more rain forecast, it is critical that all sectors of the in dustry continue to work together to get the remaining crop off.”

In the community, Mr Giordani said Wilmar was proud to be long-term sponsors of the Ingham Maraka Festival and the Home Hill Harvest Festival.

“Home Hill Harvest Festival events are being held over the coming weeks, culminating with the grand parade and street party on November 5,” he commented.