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Title: Wide row spacing in Louisiana sugarcane

item White, Paul

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/17/2014
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: There is growing interest in the Louisiana sugarcane industry for a wider 8 foot row spacing than the conventional 6 foot row spacing. The wide row provides room for two drills of cane about 30 inches apart on each row. This type of wide row spacing lowers acre-feet from 7260 to 5445, thus reducing the amount of travel in a field and reducing the number of rows in a field. Overall the effect is thought to be more efficient and reduce costs. Preliminary data collected in Louisiana on a single drill 8 foot row showed that the high fiber energycane variety ‘Ho 02-113’ produced similar yields (48 tons/acre) as a 6 foot row (49tons/acre). Data collected in Texas at Wetegrove Farms indicated for variety ‘CP 72-1210’ show that 8 foot rows produced 65 tons/acre versus 6 foot rows that produced 43 tons/acre. This preliminary data is optimistic. This year in Louisiana test plots are located in Schriever, Jeanerette, Bunkie, Centerville, Thibodaux, and Morganza.