Sugarcane, 2nd Edition
June 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
Based on Blackburn’s highly successful Sugarcane, originally published in 1984, this new edition has been fully revised and expanded by an international team of widely respected sugarcane specialists. Focussing on the agricultural aspects of the crop, this book follows a logical progression from the botany and breeding through to planning cultivation, control of weeds, pests and diseases, harvest management and payment for cane.
- An invaluable asset to those involved in planning or running sugar estates as well as small producers
- An easy-to-follow reference for students and agriculturalists alike
Comprehensive reference sections and further reading
An Introduction to Sugercane.
The origins and spread of sugarcane;
Movement and development of the noble canes;
The ancestry of cultivated sugarcane;
The early commercial cane varieties;
The botany of sugarcane;
Cultivation of sugarcane;
The production of sugar;
Developments in the twentieth century;
Plant Improvement of Sugarcane.
Principles of disease control in sugarcane;
Selection of varieties for disease resistance;
Pests of sugarcane.
Vertebrate pests of sugarcane;
Systems of cultivation;
Ratoons and ratooning;
Weed control in sugarcane;
Irrigation and drainage;
Soil management problems;
Planning and layout;
Field factors and cane quality;
Green cane harvesting;
To burn or not to burn;
Unplanned cane fires;
Fire control measures;
Fire control equipment;
Reaping and transport;
Co-ordination and control of harvesting;
Cane Payment Systems.
Different types of cane payments systems;
Payment for which sugar products?;
Incentives to improve technical performance;
Sampling and testing of cane;
Systems based on the average quality of growers' cane;
Incentives to expand production;
Impact on incentives for different socio-economic groups;
Recent performance of cane payment systems;
The role of the consultant;
- Part of the Blackwell’s World Agricultural series
- Based on Blackburn's renowned Sugarcane;
- Revised and updated by an international team of respected contributors;
- Follows a logical progression from the botany and breeding through planning cultivation, control of weeds, pests and diseases, to harvest management and payment for cane;
- An invaluable asset to those involved in planning or running sugar estates as well as small producers.