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SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE STARTS FIRST ALL MECHANICAL HARVEST

 SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE STARTS FIRST ALL MECHANICAL HARVEST
 BELLE GLADE, Fla., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida began its 31st sugarcane harvest today using all mechanical harvesters for the first time in its 30-year history.
 "We expect to harvest 2,737,000 gross tons of sugarcane grown on 69,408 acres of our members' land," said Cooperative president George H. Wedgworth. "This should produce 274,000 tons of raw sugar, slightly less than last year's record production of 298,658 tons."
 The Cooperative will use three different types of mechanical harvesters in order to take advantage of the strengths of each machine as it relates to cane varieties and soil conditions. They are the Cooperative's own two-row, two-machine design, the Australian-built Toft single-row combine harvester, and the German-made Class two-row combine harvester.
 The harvester developed by the Cooperative is particularly effective on cane that is recumbent and grown in muck where up-rooting can sometimes be a problem. The Toft and Class machines work well with up- right cane.
 The Cooperative began the research and development of mechanical harvesting in 1969 with the first machine being put into operation in 1971. Over the years the technology has improved making the machines more and more efficient.
 "Approximately five years ago the Cooperative embarked on a plan to accelerate its move to mechanical harvesting by making improvements to both the processing plant and the mechanical harvesters," Wedgworth said. "Last year we were at 82 percent mechanically cut sugarcane and we feel totally confident of our ability to rely 100 percent on machines to harvest this year's crop."
 The Cooperative is made up of 54 small-to-medium size sugarcane farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Primary functions of the Cooperative include the harvesting and milling of sugarcane for its owner-members and the marketing of their raw sugar. During the harvest season, the cooperative employs 934 people.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara J. Miedema of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, 407-996-4777/ CO: Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida ST: Florida IN: FOD SU:


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