Sugarcane Variety Focus - July 2014

Kenneth Gravois  |  3/14/2015 12:46:33 AM

Sugarcane variety selection is one of the most important decisions that growers face. This newsletter presents data and other observations that are important in the variety selection process.

Variety selection is a decision that will affect you for many years as the goal is to maximize profitability in each year of the crop cycle. Long gone are the days when LCP 85-384 was the answer to just about every problem. There are many sugarcane variety choices for planting in 2014 with six that should occupy the majority of planted acreages (HoCP 96-540, L 99-226, HoCP 00-950, L 01-283, L 01-299, and HoCP 04-838). Variety selection should emphasize managing risk over a crop cycle. Yield potential, disease and insect resistance, stubbling ability, and cold tolerance are the primary driving forces for variety selection.

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