BRAZIL: Biosev reduces use of cane seedlings with automated planters

Published: 12/07/2017, 1:50:23 PM

Biosev, one of Brazil's largest sugarcane processors, has reduced its use of cane seedlings to 12-14 tonnes per hectare from 18 tonnes by employing automated planters, according to Brazil's Canaonline news website.

Automated planters allow better control of seedling consumption and distribution uniformity when compared to conventional machines. Biosev has 70 planters, of which six are now automated.

The company, which has 11 units in Brazil, has implemented several measures to achieve satisfactory results in cane planting, including adequate preparation of soil, plant nursery, use of planters and harvesters adapted for the planting and harvesting of seedlings, training, quality control and geotechnologies.

State-of-the-art technologies are playing an important role in improving mechanized planting. Autopilot technologies contribute to improved results in agricultural operation. New planters are helping to improve efficiency, by reducing high consumption of seedlings.

Carlos Daniel Berro Filho, agricultural director at Biosev, said that pre-budded seedlings, new high-tillering varieties and the use of biostimulants are also helping the company improve the sugarcane plantation process.

In order to reduce the failure rates related to mechanized operations on cane fields, Biosev has resorted to replanting when necessary, and mapping cane areas using drones.