Important Issues Related to Sugarcane Straw Availabilty, Quality and Use

M.R.L.V. Leal, M. Galdos, F.V. Scarpare, J.E.A. Seabra, A. Walter & C.O.F. Oliveira
Sugarcane straw represents, under Brazilian conditions, approximately one third of the total primary energy of sugarcane in the field. Today, its use for energy is incipient and it is mostly wasted by either burning in the pre-harvest or left on the ground to decay. Besides its potential use as feedstock for energy production, there are several possible agronomic benefits of the straw blanket left on the ground such as soil protection against erosion, increase of...