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What are the merits and demerits of ratooning the sugarcane?


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Ratooning is done in case of few crops like sugarcane. It is a technique in which during harvesting bottom bits are left uncut to produce its ratoon or stubble crop.

Merits: The main benefit is that the crop matures much earlier and the other advantage is that it saves cost of preparing soil and planting.

Demerits: In sugarcane, ratooning leads to thinner canes with low sugar content. There is also an increased risk of pest attack.


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