Transferring technology of measuring sugarcane quality from the laboratory to the field: what is possible?

Nawi, Nazmi Mat and Chen, Guangnan and Jensen, Troy and Baillie, Craig (2011) Transferring technology of measuring sugarcane quality from the laboratory to the field: what is possible? In: SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, 29-30 Sep 2011, Gold Coast, Australia.


The need for a reliable in-field quality measurement in sugarcane industry is growing as the industry is moving towards the adoption of Precision Agriculture (PA) methods. However, most of the current monitoring systems used in PA methods only monitor production quantity and have no
ability to measure product quality. This is a serious limitation in PA technologies due to considerable quality variation across the paddock. An ability to measure the quality level in the field would accelerate the adoption of PA methods, improve current payment systems and eliminate consignment errors in data collection system. To date, there is no reliable method available to measure sugarcane quality in the field, especially during harvesting. Most of the current technologies can only be used measure sugarcane quality in a laboratory. Among the existing technologies which are used to measure sugar quality are refractometer, polarimeter, biosensor and spectrometer. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to review current quality measurement technologies in sugarcane industry and their potential applications and limitations for in-field use. The new emerging technologies which have potentials to be applied for in-field quality measurement were also reviewed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 02:25
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 04:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: sugarcane; quality; in-field measurement; CCS; precision agriculture; spectroscopic method
Fields of Research : 03 Chemical Sciences > 0301 Analytical Chemistry > 030106 Quality Assurance, Chemometrics, Traceability and Metrological Chemistry
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
10 Technology > 1001 Agricultural Biotechnology > 100101 Agricultural Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management

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