International Sugar Journal

Cost assessment of the adoption of harvesting best practice (HBP)* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Using ground speeds and extractor fan speeds recommended by Harvesting Best Practice (HBP) will minimise cane loss and stool damage.  While these benefits provide an incentive for growers to request contractors use HBP settings, little research based on trial data has examined the full impact on harvesting costs.  Given that reduced ground speeds increase harvesting time, it is expected harvesting contractors would incur higher labour, fuel and machinery costs per tonne.  To incentivise the move to HBP, additional compensation would need to be paid to harvesting contractors by growers.  It is anticipated that providing growers and contractors with information…

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