International Sugar Journal

Adoption of practices to mitigate harvest losses: 2017 results* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Harvesting Best Practice (HBP) recommends that harvesters maintain pour rates of 80-90 t/h, depending on make and model, and recommends extractor-fan speed guidelines that ensure minimal cane loss with low extraneous matter (EM).  Exceeding the recommended pour rate overloads the cleaning capacity of modern harvesters and increases EM in the cane supply.  To attempt to counterbalance the EM issue, it is usual to increase fan speeds above those recommended, resulting in greater cane loss.  Use of HBP recommendations across the industry is low and full HBP adoption would substantially increase industry revenue.  To address this, 43 replicated harvesting trials…

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