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Tips of ratoon managements: Sugarcane

Tips of ratoon managements

Ratoon is a crop which is allowed to grow in the same field from the roots of the previous crop without planting seed sets a new.


Merits and demerits of ratooning in sugarcane


S.No.

Merits

Demerits

1.

Cost of seed bed preparation, cost of seed and sowing are saved.

The ratoon crop is in variably attacked severely by insects, pests and diseases. Thus yield is very low.

2.

Ratoon crop utilizes the residual fertility of the previous crop.

The soil becomes poor in fertility when rationing is done for more then 2 years.

3.

Ratoon crop matures earlier and help in starting the crushing season earlier. Thus field in vacated earlier for the next crop.


4.

Quality of the produce is superior to plant cane


5.

Yield is equal to the plant cane if proper care is taken


6.

Total cost of cultivation is less



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