The Agronomy Research and Variety Testing Unit (ARVTU) is pleased to present the first issue of the Research Update. This new publication reflects and showcases the wider research and extension scope of the Unit and replaces the longstanding publication “Variety Update” which provided the results of the annual variety yield census and focused on sugar cane variety performance.
The research areas covered in this first edition include the:
• Variety Development Programme
• Soil Fertility/Cane Nutrition Project
• Moth Borer- Island Infestation Survey
• Harvester Loss Survey
• Hot Water/Nursery Establishment to Control RSD
• Tillage and Soil Health
• Best Practice Management on Farms Aided by Technology
• Analysis of Production Costs for Conventional Plant Cane
• Non-Sugar Research Review
We hope that this volume will provide technical information useful to the advancement of a more productive and rejuvenated sugar cane industry.
ARVTU Research Update 2014
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Caribbean Food 2020 – Business Innovation Revolution aimed at transforming the Caribbean agricultural, agro-processing, food and beverage sectors: towards driving economic growth, tourism and employment.
By: Dr. Basil Springer
Caribbean Food 2020
A look at the interesting projects and activities occurring across the Barbadian agricultural landscape (photos included).
By: Dr. Francis Chandler
Interesting Activities in Local Agriculture
An introduction to “Branded Sugars” as a viable means of diversifying the present sugarcane industry in Barbados.
By: Dr. Francis Chandler
Vinasse is a product of distillation of the beer (fermented Molasses-cane juice) for alcohol production. It is an aqueous effluent with suspended solids and is largely composed of water, organic matter and minerals elements. Vinasse can be a valuable organic fertilizer (mostly replacing potassium), as well as an important source of water replacement on the soil. Is it suitable as a fertilizer and soil amendment in Barbados?
By: Cesar A. Guerrero, Eng
Mount Gay Dist. – Consultant
Vinasse as a Soil Amendment
Grain Sorghum – An alternative crop for Barbados?
With the decline of sugarcane as the main monocrop of Barbados, is grain sorghum a suitable alternative?
By: Gerald Proverbs
Grain sorghum – an alternative crop for Barbados
Superelongation disease in Cassava: a Constraint to the Cassava industry in Barbados
By: Dr. Angela Alleyne, Lecturer in Biochemistry, UWI, Cave Hill
Reemergence of SED in Barbados
Why Cassava? presented by Dr. Deepford of FAO, Barbados. This presentation highlights the recent work and results, on-going work and challenges experienced with cassava.
The Cassava Pillar
A determination of the effect of single- and double-row planting on the yield of four sweet potato cultivars and to quantify economic feasibility of double-row planting of sweet potato as a production method within the BAMC setting.
By: Jacklyn Broomes and Anderson Eversley, BAMC
Towards a Marketable Sized Sweet Potato