International Sugar Journal

Preliminary observations of sugarcane trash degradation for repurposing as mulch [Full subscriber]

Abstract A potential use for sugarcane trash is conversion to mulch. This study evaluated whether a compost enhancer or nitrogen would accelerate degradation. Trash was obtained from a sugarcane grower, and treated with water only, a compost starter, and/or nitrogen at rates of 1 kg (Low) or 2 kg (High) / 10 m2. Treatments were monitored for 21 weeks. Height of the trash, temperature and visual changes were determined. Bins that received water only had the greatest reduction in height, 54.5%. None of the treatments resulted in a change in temperature, possibly due to the mass of material in each…

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