International Sugar Journal

Economic evaluation of sugarcane harvesting best practice (HBP)* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Mechanical sugarcane harvesting is commonly undertaken at ground speeds that exceed the cleaning capacity of modern harvesters, which is likely to increase extraneous matter (EM) levels in the cane supply.  To attempt to reduce the higher EM levels, operators typically increase extractor fan speeds above recommendations, resulting in unintended cane loss.  Past research indicates that using harvesting best practice (HBP) settings can minimise cane loss and stool damage.  These benefits would increase grower revenue and be an incentive for growers to request harvesting contractors operate using HBP settings.  Reduced ground speeds would, however, increase harvesting time and generate higher…

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