Features International Sugar Journal
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Material balances: Cane handling [Registered]

Figure 1 represents an imaginary cane cleaning station which receives green whole stalk cane. For cane payment purposes the cane is weighed, sampled and analysed. It is then dry cleaned to produce vegetable extraneous matter (VEM) as feedstock for co-products and soil (S) which is discarded. The VEM is sampled and analysed. The dry cleaned cane is sent to a washing plant to remove as much of the remaining soil as possible. The process is shown schematically in figure 1. Figure 1: Cane cleaning plant Here we are not concerned with the cane cleaning   equipment itself; we want to estimate…

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