SPREADING MILL MUD AND ASH IN THE BURDEKIN AREA
BC Cartage have custom built trailers which are unique and specifically designed to spread mill mud and ash on cane fields in the Burdekin area, using a variety of spreading methods to suit different needs. The spread types are detailed below.
What Is Mill Mud And Ash?
As sugar cane is crushed and the cane juices are extracted, impurities in the form of soil and fine particles of fibre are removed from the juice, this is what is called Mill Mud.
After this process has been completed the left over product is crushed fibre. Crushed fibre is used as a fuel and burned by the boiler station to produce steam and electricity for the mill. The Ash is the residue of the burning process.
What Are The Benefits Of Mill Mud And Ash For The Cane Fields?
Mill Mud and Ash are high in nutrients and are used as a soil conditioner.
This method of application requires the mill mud to be spread into the drills once the cane has been harvested. It is then worked into the soil to prevent run-off.
This application method is usually for fallow blocks and is worked into the soil before planting.
This is a reasonably new method of application where mill mud is spread on top of the drills or newly cut cane or spread in the furrows, which is then closed and cane is planted in this. Band spreading allows for lower application rates.
Dry mud is normally applied after the crushing season has stopped and allows us to supply mill mud to customers previously disadvantaged due to their distance from the mill. Using our special customised trailer, dry mud can be applied as Divider spread, Flat spread or Band spread.