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AuthorAgnew, JR
Date Accessioned2012-11-14
Date Available2012-11-14
AbstractRecent productivity gains through the introduction of high yielding varieties, green cane harvesting, improved drainage and irrigation have resulted in larger, mostly lodged crops with increased suckering. As a result, ccs levels have declined, dirt in supply and extraneous matter levels have increased, and stool damage at harvest is obvious. Growers do not always connect their role in crop presentation to ease of harvest and resultant cane quality. Failure to hill up plant cane adequately and match it to harvester basecutter angle; inconsistent row spacing and lack of attention to farm layout, headlands and haul roads are the main deficiencies. Harvester operators and harvest crews may also have goals conflicting with cane quality and quality of ground job. The standard system of harvester payment, which is based on $/tonne, rewards speed of operation. Stool damage, cane loss and poor billet quality result. The mills? transport limitations and need for continuous supply may impose restrictions on harvesting where by the harvester must deliver a fixed quantity of cane within a short time frame. This can result in poor ground job and higher cane losses (because fan speed is increased in an attempt to achieve cleaning at high pour rates). Short and damaged billets can result from pressure to achieve high pour rates and high bin weights. Encouraging harvesting under wet conditions results in field damage. The viability of the north Queensland sugar industry is in jeopardy. Industry leaders believe there are large productivity and profitability gains to be made by adopting harvesting best practice (HBP).
Part of SeriesBSES Internal Report; 2002 No 1164 Report SD02023; SRDC BSS227
SubjectHarvesting efficiency
SubjectCane quality
SubjectHarvesting best practice (HBP)
SubjectParticipatory research
SubjectHarvest performance
SubjectHarvester group
SubjectHarvest plan
SubjectDemonstration trials
SubjectHarvesting efficiency
SubjectHarvesting Best Practice Manual
SubjectHBP: The money issues
SubjectBillet length effects
SubjectHarvest losses
SubjectCane quality
SubjectOptimised feed-train
SubjectLower extractor fan speed
SubjectHarvester specifications
SubjectData logging system
SubjectFarming systems
SubjectProduction management
TitleA participatory approach towards improving industry sector profits through improved harvesting efficiency : SRDC Final report BSS227

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    Research outcomes: Growers and harvesters benefit from the ongoing research in productivity improvement, production management and agronomical techniques. Developed technologies and management practices that enhance productivity and demonstrate a high rate of return on investment

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