International Sugar Journal

Post-harvest changes in sugarcane during harvest-to-crush delays in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands [Full subscriber]

Abstract Delays between harvesting and milling are prevalent in the South African sugarcane supply chain. An empirical investigation of cane deterioration in this context was conducted. Two cane-storage trials of nine days, involving two varieties (N12 and N31) under ambient conditions were performed. Respiration rate, lactic acid content, total bacterial counts and total soluble solids (TSS) were monitored at the bottom, middle and top 10 cm sections of the stalks to assess the change in cane quality along the stalk length after harvest. The top and bottom sections showed significantly higher bacterial counts, respiration rates and D-Lactate production than the…

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