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Preventing potential sugarcane harvest loses

SURVEY: Sugarcane growers have the opportunity to take part in a research trial to improve harvest yields.
SURVEY: Sugarcane growers have the opportunity to take part in a research trial to improve harvest yields.

SUGARCANE growers and harvester operators across the industry are invited to see first-hand how they could avoid losing valuable sugar from mechanical harvesting by participating in real-world harvesting research demonstration trials.

Trials over many years have shown there are potential losses of sugarcane and juice (sugar) from common harvester settings. In the 2017 season, similar results were obtained in the first phase of this project.

As part of a major integrated program to help optimise harvest efficiency, Sugar Research Australia is offering sugarcane harvesting groups (growers and contract harvesters) the chance to see this research for themselves, in their own conditions, and with their own machinery.

According to project leader Phil Patane, SRA is targeting about 10 per cent of the harvest groups in each region for the coming 2018 harvest season.

These volunteer groups will collaborate to run a demonstration trial on one of the group's farms and review the results to decide whether measures need to be taken to reduce losses.

SRA will run the trials to international scientific standards and will co-ordinate the activity with milling members.

The project is looking for harvester groups to participate in collaborative trials and workshops to help reduce losses.

"In the 2018 season SRA is looking for about 60 groups to participate statewide,” Mr Patane said.

Growers or harvester operators who would like to be involved can contact Phil Patane on 0431818482.

Topics:  sugarcane sugarcane harvest sugarcane research australia