An analysis of sugar production issues in the Ord River Irrigation Area
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The analysis considered both cane yield and sugar content. A Preliminary Report in October 1998 utilised 1996 and 1997 production data, and concentrated on whether that data evidenced any changes from the pilot phase of 1977-1983. It concluded that there has been no apparent change in yield or quality of millable stalk. The pilot projections of commercial expectations did not discount sufficiently for the effects of mechanical harvesting. Cane losses, extraneous matter and soil contamination have reduced pol in commercial deliveries on average 2.33% pol below the level in millable stalk. This report updates those conclusions and extends to several other issues. Its analyses have focused on identifying differences between Ord paddocks, and between the Ord and Pioneer (Q) districts. They utilised three full seasons of Ord production data 1996-1998 inclusive. The intent was to understand the characteristics of Ord cane as a pathway to strategies for productivity improvement.