Sugarcane is harvested by hand and mechanically.

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Sugarcane is harvested by hand and mechanically.

Post by jancancook on Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:13 am

Mechanical harvesting uses a combine, or chopper harvester.[5] The Austoft 7000 series, the original modern harvester design, has now been copied by other companies, including Cameco / John Deere. The machine cuts the cane at the base of the stalk, strips the leaves, chops the cane into consistent lengths and deposits it into a transporter following alongside. The harvester then blows the trash back onto the field. Such machines can harvest 100 long tons (100 t) each hour; however, harvested cane must be rapidly processed. Once cut, sugarcane begins to lose its sugar content, and damage to the cane during mechanical harvesting accelerates this decline. This decline is offset because a modern chopper harvester can complete the harvest faster and more efficiently than hand cutting and loading. Austoft also developed a series of hydraulic high-lift infield transporters to work alongside their harvesters to allow even more rapid transfer of cane to, for example, the nearest railway siding. This mechanical harvesting doesn't require to set the field on fire, and the machine let in the fields the top of the sugar cane and the dead leaves, providing more nutrients to the next plants.



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