International Sugar Journal
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Comparing data [Full subscriber]

The sugarcane industry produces large amounts of agricultural and factory data. Often it is required to investigate trends in the data to see if any chronological effects are present or […]

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ICUMSA [Registered]

The International Commission for Uniform Methods of Sugar Analysis Ltd. (ICUMSA. http://www.icumsa.org [2017, Oct 5]) is a world-wide body which brings together the activities of National Committees for Sugar Analysis […]

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Target purity [Registered]

Recovering the maximum amount of sucrose from molasses has been a major objective in the sugarcane industry for a long time. HC Prinsen Geerlings investigated melassigenic substances in cane molasses […]

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Harvesting: Manual vs. Mechanical – Impact on co-products [Full subscriber]

Lomé Conventions between the European Economic Community and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries were in force from 1975 to 2000. In 2000 the convention was renewed under the name […]

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Harvesting: Manual vs. Mechanical [Registered]

There is confusion in the literature about the meaning of words such as “trash”, “dirt”, “soil”, “extraneous matter” and “cane”. This is regrettable as it affects the value of data when general trends are investigated.

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Sugarcane: Burnt or green? [Registered]

In 1996 de Beer et al. highlighted the fact that sugarcane is a “whole crop”. Tops (immature portion of the stalk and green leaves attached to it, “To”) and trash […]

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A modified press method [Registered]

This Blackboard follows directly from the previous one. The procedures used by Berding (2010) are given below. To simplify the descriptions the terminology used in the text is given in […]

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The press method for cane analysis [Registered]

In 1968 Hoarau discussed the press method for determining fibre, pol and Brix in cane delivered by growers. This method, in conjunction with core sampling of cane from vehicles, was […]

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Sampling of cane at mills [Registered]

In 1968 Buchanan reviewed the use of first expressed juice (FEJ) for the distribution of sucrose in cane consignments. Variable fibre % cane values, the lack of juice homogeneity and […]

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Sampling of sugarcane [Registered]

The importance of obtaining representative samples from heterogeneous materials and the difficulties involved in doing so are discussed in analytical chemistry texts. Kolthoff et al. (1969) for example note that all […]

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