Evaluation and Management Option of Over Aged Sugarcane at Kessem Sugar Project, Southeast Ethiopia
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- Sugarcane Variety, Over Aged Cane, Blending, Field Yield
- Yesuf, Endris; Wolde, Zinabu; Dengiya, Alemayehu; H/Wold, Eshetu; Wale, Kassahu; Kedir, Abdella; Wolday, Muruth
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- A study was conducted at Kessem Sugar factory in Ethiopia to assess evaluation and management option of over aged sugarcane at kessem sugar project. The experiment was laid out in a simple descriptive layout for ease of sampling. The test field was incorporated with age and variety on the standing cane in which different yield parameters were conducted. The result of analysis shows that the sugarcane age has high effect in field yield which is indicator of sugar. Variety was obviously affected by cane age in which Varieties like Co680, Mex54/245 and B41/227 were exhibited a lot of dead stalk, lodged cane and development of side shoots at the age of 36 month while the common sugarcane varieties B52-298 and NCo334 including Co740 showed relatively better performance at the same age. Increased levels of harvest age significantly influenced all quality parameters. On the other hand, improper method of harvesting either under-aged or over-aged cane leads to loss in cane yield, sugar recovery, poor juice quality and problems in milling. Therefore, It is recommended that the cane is harvested at the most suitable time when the economic optimum of recoverable sugar per area is reached and with exception if there were over aged cane it is possible to blend with the recommended ration of one third with normal age cane.
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