alexa Maturity Response of Ratoon Cane (Saccharium officinari
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Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Physiology
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Research Article

Maturity Response of Ratoon Cane (Saccharium officinarium L.) as Affected by Pre-Harvest Cultural Practices in the Tropical Area of Ethiopia

Hadush H1*, Walelign W2 and Abuhay T3
1Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, Research and Training Division, Sugarcane Production Research Directorate Agronomy and Protection Research Team, Wonji Research Center, P.O.Box 15, Wonji, Ethiopia
2Hawassa University, College of Agriculture, Hawassa, Ethiopia
3EthiopianAgricultural Research institute, Melkassa Research Center, Adama, Ethiopia
Corresponding Author : Hadush H
Ethiopian Sugar Corporation
Research and Training Division
Sugarcane Production Research Directorate, Ethiopia
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Received August 26, 2014; Accepted October 21, 2014; Published October 24, 2014
Citation: Hadush H, Walelign W, Abuhay T (2014) Maturity Response of Ratoon Cane (Saccharium officinarium L.) as Affected by Pre-Harvest Cultural Practices in the Tropical Area of Ethiopia. J Plant Biochem Physiol 2:135. doi:10.4172/2329-9029.1000135
Copyright: © 2014 Hadush H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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To attain maximum sucrose accumulation,optimum maturity recommendation was needed depending on the soil type, cultivar type and environmental factors. To this end, an experiment was conducted to determine maturity response of ratoon cane (Saccharium officinarium L.) as affected by pre-harvest cultural practices. The sugarcane variety B52-298 was used as a test crop. The two experimental factors were four drying off periods (25, 45, 65 and 85 days) and four harvest ages (360, 390, 420 and 450days) and their factorial combination was tested using randomized complete block design with three replications. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed that Drying off period significantly influenced maturity testing factors (P<0.001). Hand refractometer brix% of all stalk parts, were significantly increased when the level of drying off period was increased with a peak at 65 days. In contrast, soil moisture content, sheath moisture content, were reduced with increasing drying off period. Effect of harvest age also significantly influenced the sheath moisture content and hand referactometer brix (P<0.001). Increase in harvest age, significantly increased hand refractometer brix% of all stalk parts. Adjusting the drying off period to 65 days and harvest age to 450 days for variety B52-298 under the tested soil condition for ratoon crop is recommended as best maturity with optimum sucrose accumulation and is recommend for harvest.

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