Addressing factory needs in cane variety selection

Kent, Geoffrey Alan, Parfitt, Ray, & Jensen, Alison (2014) Addressing factory needs in cane variety selection. In Bruce, Robin C. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Ltd, Gold Coast, QLD, pp. 12-22.


Cane fibre content has increased over the past ten years. Some of that increase can be attributed to new varieties selected for release.

This paper reviews the existing methods for quantifying the fibre characteristics of a variety, including fibre content and fibre quality measurements – shear strength, impact resistance and short fibre content. The variety selection process is presented and it is reported that fibre content has zero weighting in the current selection index.

An updated variety selection approach is proposed, potentially replacing the existing selection process relating to fibre. This alternative approach involves the use of a more complex mill area level model that accounts for harvesting, transport and processing equipment, taking into account capacity, efficiency and operational impacts, along with the end use for the bagasse. The approach will ultimately determine a net economic value for the variety. The methodology lends itself to a determination of the fibre properties that have a significant impact on the economic value so that variety tests can better target the critical properties.

A low-pressure compression test is proposed as a good test to provide an assessment of the impact of a variety on milling capacity. NIR methodology is proposed as a technology to lead to a more rapid assessment of fibre properties, and hence the opportunity to more comprehensively test for fibre impacts at an earlier stage of variety development.

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ID Code: 77915
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Variety, Fibre, Quality, Selection
ISSN: 0726-0822
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > CROP AND PASTURE PRODUCTION (070300) > Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070305)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Ltd
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2014 22:51
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 02:01

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