International Sugar Journal

Influence of yield and other cane characteristics on cane loss and product quality* [Full subscriber]

Abstract Field and crop conditions affect cane loss, cane-supply quality and the amount of extraneous matter that is mixed with cane billets supplied to the mill. The size of the crop produced also impacts on machine performance and cane loss during harvest. Crop physical properties and the composition of the sugarcane stalk are driven by a wide range of agronomic practices, including nutrition. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of different crop conditions on sugar loss during harvest, with in-field nutrient practices being the primary driver of the changing cutting pour rates when the ground speed…

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