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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Integrated Crop Management for Sustainable Sugarcane Production: Recent Advances

Author
item Glaz, Barry

Submitted to: Sugar Cane International
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 1, 2002
Publication Date: November 3, 2002
Citation: Glaz, B.S. 2002. INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE SUGARCANE PRODUCTION: RECENT ADVANCES. Sugar Cane International (Nov-Dec)3-12. also published in International Sugar Journal 105(1252):175,176,178-180,182,186.

Interpretive Summary: Integrated crop management is an agricultural management system that integrates all controllable agricultural production factors for long-term sustained productivity, profitability, and ecological soundness. The concept views long-term sustained productivity, profitability and ecological soundness as equally important goals. The purpose of this article was to review recent international research that contributed to improved applications of integrated crop management in sugarcane. The article described the sustainable relationship between sugarcane fields and factories, followed by descriptions of recent research on improving yields of continuously planted sugarcane, optimizing fertilizer inputs, use of modeling and geographic information systems, entomology, pathology, weed control, and both traditional and molecular genetics. The review demonstrated that, globally, researchers are seeking to develop and refine approaches that incorporate the three major principles of integrated crop management, productivity, profitability, and ecological soundness, into sugarcane production.

Technical Abstract: Internationally, sugarcane farmers are faced with constant challenges to sustain production and profitability while growing their crop in an ecologically sound manner. An agricultural system that successfully meets these challenges is defined as a system of integrated crop management. The purpose of this article was to review recent international research that contributed to improved applications of integrated crop management in sugarcane. Major categories of research reviewed included sugarcane pathology, entomology, and weed control. Contributions of both traditional and molecular genetics were also reviewed. Agronomic practices included those that aimed to improve yields in continuous sugarcane rotations, geographic information systems, modeling, and optimization of fertilizers. The sustainable relationship between sugarcane fields and factories was also described. The review demonstrated that, worldwide, researchers are seeking to develop and refine approaches that incorporate the three major principles of integrated crop management, productivity, profitability, and ecological soundness, into sugarcane production.

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