Losses in sugarcane submitted to different harvesting methods

Ana Luiza Schogor, Luiz Gustavo Nussio, Gerson Mourao, Gisele Muraro, Jhones Sarturi, Bruna Matos

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Abstract

The effects of harvesting methods were evaluated on losses and damage in sugarcane after harvesting. The IAC86-2480 cultivar was evaluated, in its third cut, in November, 2006. Three herbage harvesting methods were evaluated: manual cutting, mechanical cutting using a harvester and mechanical followed by manual cutting. After harvesting, the material was weighed and separated into fractions of stalks, green leaves and straw. The damage under sugarcane ratoons was evaluated by counting of the number of damaged stalks, uprooted stalks and whole plants left on the central lines of the plot. Treatments were assigned to experimental units (136.5 m2) according to a complete randomized block design, with six replications. The harvested yield and total biomass available were 80.7 t/ha and 90.3 t, respectively (average data). The total losses were higher for the mechanical followed by manual cutting as herbage harvesting method, representing 18.5% of the total harvested biomass. However, when
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1443-1450
JournalBrazilian Journal of Animal Science
StatePublished - Oct 2008

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