2014 sugarcane crush exceeds 32 million tonnes

ASMCAustralia’s sugarcane crush for the 2014 season is drawing to a close with only four mills still to complete the processing of this year’s crop.

The tonnes crushed to date passed 32 million tonnes yesterday, encouragingly, the first time since 2008 that this number has been reached. The industry has battled cyclones, floods and unseasonal heavy rain during the past five years which saw the crop total fall as low as 27.4 million tonnes in 2010.

The average sugar content for 2014 will finish at about 14 units of CCS, up about 0.3 on the ten year average.

Sugar production should also be up on the past couple of years in the range of 4.3 to 4.6 million tonnes.

Australian Sugar Milling Council CEO, Dominic Nolan says that dry conditions have prevailed during the final weeks of the crush and farmers will be looking to the sky for some pre-Christmas rain to promote growth in the 2015 crop.

“With high electricity prices prevailing, farmers who have access to irrigation will be hoping to get as much rain-fed growth as possible during coming months,” Mr Nolan said.

Australian Sugar Milling Council – 5 December 2014

For further information contact Dominic Nolan CEO – 07 32315000