International Sugar Journal

Sugarcane bagasse and leaf residue biochars as soil amendment for increased sugar and cane yields [Full subscriber]

Abstract There are two potential untapped resources associated with the harvesting and processing of sugarcane, the trash (leaves and tops) left in the field and the sugarcane bagasse as surplus from the mills. Burning of sugarcane leaf residue in the field has been under scrutiny in recent years due to urban encroachment and air-quality concerns and excess leaf residue left in the field can also reduce ratoon crop yields due to lower soil temperatures and higher soil moisture. Sugarcane mills produce excess bagasse during the grinding season which is left unused indefinitely. These two organic feedstocks, sugarcane leaf residue and…

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