Flowering

This season, flowering has been particularly profuse, especially in varieties prone to flowering e.g. N23, N27, N42. Heavily flowered cane should not carried over to next season and these fields should be harvested before September. As a rule of thumb, fields with more that 20% stalks flowered should NOT be carried over. Determine the percentage of flowered stalks by infield inspection. Consult your Extension Specialist for advice if seedcane fields have flowered heavily.

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Pests and Diseases

In eldana-prone areas, ensure that you have planned your IRAC-compliant insecticide spray programme on carry-over cane. You must regularly scout your cane. This will allow a good sense very early on of which fields will require spraying.

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Going Bats About Eldana!

Over the last two or three seasons, the topic of eldana control in the Midlands has been largely dominated by chemical control. Whilst this is an effective way of maintaining control of eldana populations, there are many growing concerns…

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SUSFARMS Version 4 now available!

The sugar industry’s Sustainable Sugarcane Farm Management System, SUSFARMS®, is a management system that has evolved into a useful tool for facilitating the production of sugarcane in a profitable, sustainable and envi­ronmentally responsible manner…

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