International Sugar Journal

Improving yield and cane quality through implementation of harvesting best practice – 2019 Herbert demonstration* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         In 2019, the Australian sugarcane industry conducted a month-long demonstration with 12 trials to determine the commercial viability of harvesting best practice.  Initiated by a small group of innovative growers and contractors from the Herbert region, the concept of a commercial demonstration sought to determine both agronomic and economic impacts of adopting HBP, including the assessment of possible yield gains without having a detrimental impact on extraneous matter, and economic implication for growers and harvesting contractors arising from revenue and harvesting cost changes.  Two Herbert harvesting contractors participated in the demonstration, comparing their standard harvesting practices to Sugar Research…

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