International Sugar Journal

Application of remote sensing and GIS for age differentiation of sugarcane crop classes in Argentina* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         As sugarcane yield generally decreases with increasing ratoon number, “crop class” is one of the most important factors influencing sugarcane productivity.  Sugarcane is often replanted every 4-5 years to maintain economic production, but this period may be longer or shorter depending on crop performance.  Information about the crop classes of sugarcane on a regional scale is scarce, and sugarcane monoculture makes it difficult to identify where cane is re-established using satellite images.  However, when sugarcane crops are rotated with other crops or interspersed with fallow periods, it facilitates the identification of renewals or new cane fields.  The rotation with…

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