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Sugar cane Harvest

CUT, PICK-UP AND TRANSPORT OF SUGAR CANE – CPT

This is the last production process of the sugar cane harvesting. This agricultural work consists of burning, cutting picking up and transporting sugar cane from the harvesting fields to the mill to transform it to sugar, alcohol and electric energy as final products.

 

OBJECTIVE: To provide excellent quality raw materials in order to guarantee the continuity of the milling process and optimizing resources.

CPT STAGES

 

  • • Harvest planning
  • • Ripening Agents Application
  • • Burning of sugar cane plants
  • • Cutting the sugar cane
  • • Picking up the sugar cane
  • • Transportation of sugar cane

HARVEST PLANNING

• Estimating production for each of the farms

    • Planning harvest according to some criteria: Age, variety, maturity, climate conditions, stratum, irrigation availability. This will allow harvesting sugar cane where the sugar concentration and ton production is greater.
    • 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.

 


APPLICATION OF FLOWERING INHIBITORS AND MATURING AGENTS

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.

                        

PRE-HARVEST SAMPLING

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.



PICKING-UP SUGAR CANE

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.



SUGAR CANE TRANSPORTATION

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.
Among other services we have: student transportation, transportation for administrative personnel, operations personnel; as well as, transportation of fertilizers, machinery, risk equipment and others.