International Sugar Journal

Improving the harvesting and transport of whole crop harvested sugar cane † [Full subscriber]

Whole crop (WC) harvesting involves the collection and transportation of the entire sugar cane crop including trash/extraneous matter to the sugar mill. The sugar cane and trash are then separated and the trash used for other revenue streams such as an additional fuel source for cogeneration. Harvesting whole crop results in a significant increase in the total mass of product to be harvested and transported. Additionally and more significantly, it also results in a considerable decrease in the bulk density of the transported material. Strategies to improve the WC harvesting and transportation efficiency have been identified, tested and costed. These…

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