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Sugarcane: Burnt or green? [Registered]

In 1996 de Beer et al. highlighted the fact that sugarcane is a “whole crop”. Tops (immature portion of the stalk and green leaves attached to it, “To”) and trash (dry leaves and sheaths “Tr”) are assets rather than extraneous matter “EM” to be eliminated. Many alternative uses for To and Tr were mentioned, including energy, paper products, building material and animal fodder. Burning sugarcane fields before harvest, a common practice in many countries using manual cutting and loading, facilitates harvesting and transport by removing Tr. de Beer et al. and Meyer et al. (2005) note that, apart from environmental…

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