In-field measurement and sampling technologies for monitoring quality in the sugarcane industry: a review

Nawi, Nazmi Mat and Chen, Guangnan and Jensen, Troy (2014) In-field measurement and sampling technologies for monitoring quality in the sugarcane industry: a review. Precision Agriculture, 15 (6). pp. 684-703. ISSN 1385-2256


Reliable in-field quality measurement and sampling techniques are needed in the sugarcane industry to accommodate spatial variability in crop quality during harvesting. Existing in-field monitoring systems only monitor the crop yield and do not have the ability to measure product quality. This is a serious limitation for the industry in dealing with a significant quality variation across a field. Conventional technologies for measuring sugarcane quality in a laboratory have severe limitations for field use because they require complex sample preparation procedures especially to have clarified juice samples for each measurement. This review focuses on the use of current and new emerging precision agricultural sensing technologies for measuring product quality and describes their potential application and limitation for field use in the sugarcane industry. Optical spectroscopy is among the most promising technologies for measuring sugarcane quality on a harvester. The key considerations for development of a measurement method and sampling mechanism in the field are also discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 04:13
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 05:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: in-field measurement; measuring technology; quality; reflectance mode; sampling method; spectroscopic method; sugarcane
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070107 Farming Systems Research
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
10 Technology > 1001 Agricultural Biotechnology > 100101 Agricultural Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820304 Sugar
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s11119-014-9362-9

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