Season’s Quality & Yield

Inside Track
The original estimate for 2015 was 64.7t/ha, but as the year went on growth conditions did not improve and the year ended at 62.8t/ha. The crop for the 2016 season has improved somewhat to 68.3t/ha (May estimate), but is still the 5th lowest yield attained in the period

RV Top 10 for April

Fawnleas Trust 12.14%
Pine Valley Trust 11.86%
Ortmann Brothers 11.82%
Overstone Farm Partnership 11.74%
WFA Voigts Family Trust 11.50%
Killiecranckie Trust 11.49%
Karmar Farming Trust 11.45%
R. H. Fortmann 11.34%
L. H. Schröder Farming Trust 11.30%
P. J. Schröder 11.14%
 

Industry figures for April

Malelane 12.30%
Komatipoort 11.61%
Noodsberg 10.44%
UCL 10.43%
Amatikulu 10.34%
Umfolozi 10.33%
Umzimkulu 10.29%
Pongola 10.15%
Maidstone 10.02%
Gledhow 9.69%
Eston 9.40%
Sezela 9.26%
Felixton 8.87%
Darnall 8.41%
Industry 10.52%
 

Rainfall

IMG

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Season’s Quality & Yield

The original estimate for 2015 was 64.7t/ha, but as the year went on growth conditions did not improve and the year ended at 62.8t/ha. The crop for the 2016 season has improved somewhat to 68.3t/ha (May estimate), but is still the 5th lowest yield attained in the period

1988 to date 2015 being the 2nd lowest. As is often the cases the year following a drought tends to be characterised by low quality cane. Below is a graph indicating the grower average RV, 2011, 2015 and 2016 (anything outside the black lines is deemed “abnormal”).

The average RV for 2011 was 11.09% with a Purity of 84.39% and 2015 was 11.87% with a Purity of 84.33%. 2015‟s weather has been very similar to that of 2011. With this in mind predictions are that quality would be similar. Taking this into account, the RV prediction for the mill is at 11.4%. For growers to estimate their average RV for the season subtracting 1% from their Long Term Mean would give you a good idea.

We hope that the predictions of a wet July will improve the health of the crop and so be able to with stand the frost in some areas and to boost yield for cane harvested at the end of the season.

Brief:

  • All invoices to claim the ripener rebate must be handed into Bruno Eggers by the end of May.

Bark

Deliveries to date total 48‟400t, which is not bad considering the season we have experienced. We hope to still achieve he 50‟000t mark. So please continue send those of you who are still able to strip.

We remind you that the incentive for under 80% of allocation started 2 weeks ago and that this is an extra R100/t.

We will continue accepting bark until further notice

UCL Share Trading

Current offers to sell:
  Qty  Value
Jun ’12  99’800  R1.50
Mar’ 14  466’462 R1.50
Jan' 16 227'009 R1.00
Recent Purchases
Sep '15 35'653 R1.00
   
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