International Sugar Journal

Developing new cropping systems to mitigate sugarcane yield decline in Mauritius* [Full subscriber]

During the past four decades, the Mauritian sugar industry has experienced a decreasing trend in cane productivity partly attributed to deterioration of soil health. Development of new cropping systems (NCS) with emphasis on reduced tillage, controlled traffic through adoption of dual-row spacing, and inclusion of a leguminous fallow break crop between two crop cycles has been proposed as a remedial measure to reduce the decline in soil health. Since 2007, field trials have been conducted in different agro-climatic zones to compare the NCS to the conventional planting method. Cane yields obtained in plant and ratoon cane showed some beneficial effects…

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