Trial to learn how to avoid los­ing sugar

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

SUGARCANE grow­ers and har­vester op­er­a­tors are in­vited to see first­hand 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 that there are po­ten­tial losses of sugarcane and juice (sugar) from com­mon har­vester set­tings.

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

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Bernard Mil­ford said SRA was tar­get­ing about 10% of the har­vest groups in each re­gion for the com­ing 2017 har­vest sea­son.

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

Grow­ers or har­vester op­er­a­tors who would like to be in­volved are in­vited to con­tact Phil Patane of SRA on 0431 818 482.

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