Within block spatial variation in CCS: another potentially important consideration in the application of precision agriculture to sugarcane production

Bramley, R. G. V. and Panitz, J. H. and Jensen, T. A. and Baillie, C. P. (2012) Within block spatial variation in CCS: another potentially important consideration in the application of precision agriculture to sugarcane production. In: 34th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT 2012), 1-4 May 2012, Cairns, Australia.


Growers adopting Precision Agriculture approaches to sugar cane production has been predominantly focussed on the use of variable rate management of fertilizers and soil amendments (VRT) to optimise yield. However, cane yield is only one component of the sugar production system; CCS (Commercial Cane Sugar) is also important. Clearly, growers using VRT to optimise yield will not want the benefit of doing so to be offset by a possible consequent CCS penalty. We collected cane stalk samples from 202 geo-referenced locations in a 6.8 ha block of cane in the Bundaberg district during the 2011 harvest and analysed them in the lab for brix, pol and CCS. CCS varied from 13.29 to 16.84 with a mean of 15.73 and median of 15.80; the coefficient of variation (CV) was only 3.5%. However, the variation in CCS was spatially structured - that is, it was not random. Brix and pol followed the same patterns of variation. Future work will seek to characterise CCS variation in potentially more variable blocks and explore the drivers of CCS variation. Nevertheless, the present results suggest that spatial variation in CCS is something that adopters of PA should consider, alongside variation in yield and soil properties. They also lend weight to the need for a harvester-mounted on-the-go sensor for CSS determination as a complement to yield monitoring technology.

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Additional Information: © 2012 by Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 05:52
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 01:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: cane stalks; commercial cane sugar; CCS
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070305 Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820304 Sugar
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23370

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