• Estimating production for each of the farms
• Defining which type of harvesting will be done in each farm: bulk, mechanized, stretch or lot.
• Planning the use of maturing agents to improve sugar production.
• Planning and conducting pre-harvest sampling in order to have a maturity analysis of the farms to know when to harvest them at their best.
Inhibitor: Delays and diminishes sugar cane flowering, avoiding the formation of cork thus resulting in a better ton/HA. Application begins from the end of July to August.
Maturing Agent: it chemically promotes sugar cane maturity to: increase the pound of sugar/ton yield, to plan harvesting according to the maturing window in mid-September.
To obtain maturing tendencies data, to elaborate the maturing curve in order to prioritize harvest. A sample is taken every 3.5 HA of the lot. Three samples are taken, 30, 14 and 7 days before harvesting.
CUTTING SUGAR CANE
Harvesting stage consists of assigning production lots to a group of people (HARVESTERS) o machines (COMBINE HARVESTER) to handle sugar cane harvesting, resulting from 12 months of farming work.
Harvesting stage includes picking-up sugar cane from the ground with cane loaders to a receiving unit (TRAILER). During this stage it is important to make sure that the cane is properly placed to ensure that as much as possible is transported.
The Transportation department provides several services; its main service is to supply the mill with sugar cane, as well as to transport the personnel to harvest cane.