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Rain Continues To Disrupt Sugar Harvest

09 November 2010

AUSTRALIA – Mackay district sugar mills could face running out of sugar cane to process after wet weather overnight slowed crop harvesting.

ABC News reported that up to 50 millimetres of rain felt around the region, according to Mackay Sugar spokesman, Dave Langham.

Mr Langham said that areas closest to the coast, such as Racecourse and Greenmount, have been particularly badly affected.

He added: "That's certainly disrupted harvesting again today even though we do have some groups that are operating. It'll be a limited supply today and more than likely factories will run out later and we'll reassess things again tomorrow."

Last week, ABC News reported that the continued precipitation in the area had dampened the outlook of this year's sugar cane harvest.

As a result, Mackay Sugar may have to move the final crushing day to early December in order to maximise the amount of cane that can be processed.

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