Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Crush Underway at MSF Sugar

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Crush Underway at MSF Sugar

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The annual sugar cane crushing is underway at MSF Sugar's Maryborough Mill. Although significant rainfall delayed the start by a week, crushing is going according to plan.

MSF Sugar General Manager Maryborough Region, Mr Stewart Norton, said growing conditions for season had been good up until the April and May dry spell which halted the growing to some extent.

He said that the crop picked up with rain since June and that, provided the winter was mild, higher tonnage could result.

"At this stage, we estimate about 770,000 tonnes of cane will be crushed at Maryborough Mill by mid-November, lower than last year's crush of 861,000 tonnes.

"If the crop continues to grow through what has been a milder winter, it is possible higher tonnage could result. Sugar prices are good; it is an advantage to growers to provide as much as they can grow.

"Good quality cane means good quality raw sugar -- the cane we are receiving is high quality which makes it easier for the factory to process the sugar," he said. …

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