A project scoping document to SRDC on harvesting RD&E
Mechanical harvesting of sugarcane has been a major success story for the Australian sugar industry. However, the Australian sugarcane industry has suffered a plateau in productivity (Wilson and Leslie 1997) and there is considerable evidence that mechanisation is a component of this plateau in performance. SRDC has provided significant investment in harvester technology and harvesting operations. This research has been fragmented and has not been carried out within the context of the supply chain or a farming system framework. However, this research has clearly shown the magnitude of harvesting losses and their ultimate effect on productivity is clearly associated with the harvesting system.
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A participatory approach towards improving industry sector profits through improved harvesting efficiency : SRDC final report BSS227 Agnew, JR (2002)Recent 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, ...
Ellis, D; Haigh, I (2006)This project was initiated due to a lack of information available to harvesting groups as to whether their operation was economically comparable to other harvesting groups in the Burdekin and if their current practices ...
Rudd, A (2006)The Mossman sugar industry in 2004 was characterised by small farms and small blocks, an excessive kilometer/tonne transport ratio, an aging transport infrastructure with a bin fleet of limited capacity, a decreasing area ...