International Sugar Journal

Within block spatial variation in CCS – Another potentially important consideration in the application of precision agriculture to sugarcane production † [Full subscriber]

Growers adopting Precision Agriculture approaches to sugar cane production have been predominantly focused on the use of variable rate management of fertilisers and soil amendments (VRT) to optimise yield. However, cane yield is only one component of the sugar production system; CCS (Commercial Cane Sugar) is also important. Clearly, growers using VRT to optimise yield will not want the benefit of doing so to be offset by a possible consequent CCS penalty. We collected cane stalk samples from 202 geo-referenced locations in a 6.8 ha block of cane in the Bundaberg district during the 2011 harvest and analysed them in…

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