Ripeners in sugar cane. Procedures and standards manual for its application.

Technical Series. Number 32, May 2003.


The application of ripeners in sugar cane is a usual practice in many sugar areas of the world, especially in the Cauca river valley, where the edaphic and climatic conditions allow to obtain a good response. Most of the ripening products act as growth regulators, and as a consequence of this primary effect, the sucrose content in the stems is increased, which contributes to the improvement of productivity. The document establishes the steps to follow for the correct application of ripeners, with the aim of increasing the yields in kilograms of sugar per ton of cane harvested and the existing regulations for its use in the cultivation of cane in Colombia.

Keywords: ripeners, chemical maturation, sugar cane.

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