Sorghum saccharine is an alternative for increasing production in mills with short cycle crops, since it is perfectly viable for the production of ethanol.
The São Martinho Group grew an experimental crop in their Boa Vista unit. According to René de Sordi, the Group’s agricultural technology consultant, “among the advantages of its use as a complementary culture are earlier crushing, planting in areas not used for cane cultivation, reduced cycle and lower production costs. Added to these advantages is the fact that the same harvest structure and industrial process used for cane can be applied.
The experiment evaluated the viability of using sorghum as a complementary crop, arriving at favorable conclusions.
However, agricultural and industrial productivity fell beneath initial expectations. In the phytosanitary aspect, the crop showed great susceptibility to attacks from the cane borer, causing red rottenness.
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