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Author Humm, M.
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Description Flowering in sugarcane crops in the coastal and coastal hinterland areas of the South Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal has been abundant in recent seasons of relatively high rainfall. This has reduced cane yields and cane quality in crops harvested late in the season or carried over for harvest early in the following season. In field-scale observation trials, Ethrel (ethephon 48%) applied to crops at a rate of 1.0-1.5 l/ha in February was found to be highly effective in suppressing flowering. This had beneficial effects on the yield of crops harvested after September or carried over to the next season, and no obvious detrimental effects. Using Ethrel to suppress flowering is suggested as a standard practice for such crops, if weather early in the year is conducive to flower initiation. Further studies are necessary to determine the optimum timing and rates of application, and the effect of application on cane that does not flower.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-01-01
Publisher Institution the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 75