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Improving yield and cane quality through implementation of harvesting best practice-2019 Herbert demonstration

Patane, P., Nothard, B., Norris, C.A., Douglas, A., Pfumayaramba, T., Stringer, J. and Olayemi, M. (2021) Improving yield and cane quality through implementation of harvesting best practice-2019 Herbert demonstration. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, 42 . pp. 608-614.


Article Link: https://elibrary.sugarresearch.com.au/handle/11079...


In 2019, the Australian sugarcane industry conducted a month-long demonstration with 12 trials to determine the commercial viability of harvesting best practice. Initiated by a small group of innovative growers and contractors from the Herbert region, the concept of a commercial demonstration sought to determine both agronomic and economic impacts of adopting HBP, including the assessment of possible yield gains without having a detrimental impact on extraneous matter, and economic implication for growers and harvesting contractors arising from revenue and harvesting cost changes. Two Herbert harvesting contractors participated in the demonstration comparing their standard harvesting practices to Sugar Research Australia Harvesting Best Practice (HBP or recommended practice). The results identified an average 4.8 t/ha increase in yield with no additional increase in extraneous matter for the recommended
setting. A comprehensive economic analysis was conducted on each of the trials. Detailed harvesting costs and operational information, including machinery, labour, and fuel data, were collected from the respective harvesting operations. Harvesting costs and levies were $37/ha ($0.07/t) higher for the recommended setting due to higher yields, reduced harvester ground speeds and lower extractor fan speeds. Despite the higher harvesting costs, recommended settings obtained significantly higher total revenue ($151/ha, +4.7%). This resulted in an overall net benefit of $114/ha in the adoption of recommended settings (based on a 4.4% higher net revenue calculated as total grower revenue minus harvesting costs and levies). The Herbert demonstrations have proven instrumental in the acceptance of harvesting best practice for the region. The results again confirm that adapting and aligning commercial-scale harvesting practices to crop and paddock conditions have positive impacts on both yield and economic outcomes.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Agriculture
Keywords:Economic benefit, adoption, demonstrations, recommendation, harvesting practice, extraneous matter, cane loss
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Methods and systems of culture. Cropping systems
Plant culture > Harvesting, curing, storage
Plant culture > Field crops > Sugar plants
Live Archive:06 Jun 2021 23:35
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:46

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