Crushing delay

Burdekin sugar crush delayed after widespread rain

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The start of the 2020 crush has been delayed in the Burdekin due to widespread rain.

The start of the 2020 crush has been delayed in the Burdekin due to widespread rain.

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The start of the Burdekin's 2020 sugar cane crush has been delayed following widespread rain last week.

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THE start of the Burdekin's 2020 sugar cane crushing season has been delayed following widespread rain in the region last week.

An average of 60mm of rain fell across the district on the weekend, forcing the postponement of the crush.

The Inkerman Mill which was set to be the first in the North to fire up on Tuesday, June 2, will now commence crushing six days later on Monday, June 8.

Wilman cane supply and grower relations general manager Paul Giordani said the decision was made in consultation with growers and harvesting operators.

"Thanks to growers who have provided us with updates about field conditions and their ability to supply cane," Mr Giordani said.

"Your help is greatly appreciated as we finalise preparations for the start of the 2020 season."

Wilmar's other three Burdekin mills,Pioneer, Invicta and Kalamia will start crushing on schedule on Tuesday, June 9, as previously announced.

Rain also impacted the Herbert district last week, but Herbert River canegrowers chair Michael Pisano said the sun was shining this week and the ground was starting to dry out.

Last year, heavy late season rain in that region pushed the crush back by a week.

Wilmar's Herbert mills are set to start on June 16, with Plane Creek scheduled for June 23 and Proserpine on June 30.

Tully also copped a lashing last week, with up to 300mm falling in some areas.

Tully Canegrowers chair Jamie Dore said while the mill was ready to go on June 2, they traditionally didn't start the season until June 14.

The story Crushing delay first appeared on North Queensland Register.

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