GENETIC IMPROVEMENT OF SUGARCANE BY CONVENTIONAL AND MOLECULAR APPROACHES
Location: Sugarcane Research Unit
Title: A report on the 2009 outfield variety tests
Submitted to: Sugar Bulletin
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 14, 2010
Publication Date: June 20, 2010
Citation: Sexton, D.R., Gravois, K.A., Dufrene Jr, E.O., Duet Jr, M.J., Blackwelder, N.P., Waguespack, H.L., Jackson, W.R. 2010. A report on the 2009 outfield variety tests. Sugar Bulletin. 88(9):19-22.
Outfield variety tests are conducted each year on grower farms that represent different regions and soils of the Louisiana sugarcane industry. These tests are conducted during the final three years of the 12 year Louisiana sugarcane variety improvement program. This report is a summary of the yield performance of the commercial and experimental sugarcane varieties harvested in the outfield variety tests during 2009.
Outfield tests are planted, harvested, and evaluated cooperatively by the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, and the American Sugar Cane League. This effort has been guided by the Three-Way Agreement, a document first signed in 1926.
In 2009, 32 outfield tests were mechanically harvested at 11 locations throughout the sugarcane growing area. These tests were on sugarcane farms with typical soils for that region. Due to wet muddy field conditions, three of the tests were not harvested until early January 2010.