In 1959 Vallance & Young, commenting on the introduction of chopper harvesters, noted that billets (BI) would deteriorate faster than whole stalk (WS) cane between harvesting and milling because of the increased number of cut ends; these would intensify sugar losses due to fermentation and to increased respiration
The impact of EM on processing has been investigated extensively. In 1949 (Anon.1) the disadvantages to factory work caused by excessive quantities of EM in cane were discussed at length. Trash decreased sucrose (S) in total cane, increased the fibre content, and decreased the Java Ratio which affected cane payment.
EM in sugarcane can be of vegetable or mineral nature. The former includes immature tops, green/dry leaves, sheaths, side shoots and suckers; the minerals consist mainly of soil/sand present in the harvested cane. In the past all the EM in sugarcane was viewed as a problem with negative effects during harvesting, loading and transporting of the cane and on processing through reduced throughputs, poor boiler operation, sucrose losses and poor sugar quality.
Investigating the form and shape of sucrose (S) crystals started in 1843; remarkable results were published by Kucharenko and Phelps in 1928 and 1932 (Powers, 1969-1970). In 1959 Powers mentioned […]
The clarification process in cane sugar factories yields clear juice which moves forwards to the process and an underflow called mud. The mud contains non-sucrose species precipitated through the action of heat and lime; as it settles slowly the precipitate traps, and therefore removes, suspended matter in the supernatant juice.
In 1935 ISSCT held a symposium on methods to determine the maturity of sugarcane; a presentation from Nath & Kasinath gives references from work done in 1915 and 1916 in Malaysia and India. Kerr (1935) describes a method based on randomly sampling 10 stalks which were then divided into three equal lengths, namely top (Tp), middle (Mi) and bottom (Bo);
Breeding work has been published regularly in cane sugar literature, often by the same author over many years. H H Dodds for example published 7 papers from 1926 to 1944 and P G C Brett 6 from 1947 to 1957, in SASTA proceedings. In Australia J H Buzacott, K R Gard, M K Butterfield, D M Hogarth & N Berding and M C Cox et al published from 1950 to 2014.