International Sugar Journal

Grower-extensionist-researcher partnerships: On-farm demonstration trials to facilitate adoption of chemical ripening* [Full subscriber]

Abstract In the South African sugarcane industry chemical ripeners are used to increase cane quality in vigorously growing crops. Replicated research trials are conducted at several locations to develop variety-specific ripener recommendations. Since 2010, these trials have been supplemented by on-farm demonstration trials through the formation of grower-extensionist- researcher partnerships. The objectives of this paper are to elaborate on these partnerships and to showcase outcomes in terms of demonstrating on-farm economic benefit and grower adoption. Twelve demonstration trials were conducted on farms in Komatipoort, Pongola, Melmoth and Eston on irrigated annual and rainfed long cutting-cycle crops. Fields were identified through…

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