Evaluating the Operational Efficiency and Cost Structure of Wide Row Sugarcane Production

Michael Deliberto, Gravois, Kenneth

Sugarcane row width has been studied for its potential to improve field efficiency and increase yields of raw sugar in Louisiana. Growers have experimented with the cultivation of eight foot rows to reduce farm input costs and improved yields compared to the traditional row width of 1.8 meters. The potential input cost savings and increased net returns to the farming operation associated with wide row sugarcane production, improved field efficiency can correspond to a reduction in the cultivation cost per acre. However, the replacement strategy of combine harvester becomes key in the grower’s decision making process of wide row adoption. Therefore, this research considers that replacement strategy for the representative farm dictates that a harvester is scheduled to be replaced through investment of a new machine as the grower considers adopting eight-foot row width production.

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