Continuing tests in commercial sugarcane farmers’ plantations reveal that application of a special formulation of plant growth accelerator can substantially increase yield, even possibly doubling cane tonnage as well as sugar yield.
This is the special formulation of Power Grower Combo developed by Alfonso G. Puyat which has been used in several sugarcane plantations in Tarlac as well as in Negros Occidental. The formulation has also been working well with other crops like fruit trees, vegetables, tobacco and others.
Recently, a check on the performance of seven-month old cane plants in the farm of Nene Abello in Negros Occidental reveals a big difference between the treated and untreated ratoon and plants that were grown from cane points. The checking was in the presence of officials of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), according to Puyat.
THE PROTOCOL – Alfonso Puyat explains that one secret in increasing sugarcane yield is giving the right nutrients for every stage of growth of the plants.
The Power Grower Combo works well for both plants that are grown from cane points as well as the ratoon or the succeeding growth from the stump of harvested canes. They are also called stools.
STEP 1 – If cane points are used for planting, mix 250 ml (about one-fourth liter) of Philor ANAA 400% concentrated solution with 400 liters of clean water. Soak the cane points for 10 to 15 minutes, or spray the ANAA solution on bundled cane points making sure that all cane point eyes are wet. Fungicide and insecticide can also be mixed.
For ratoon stools, mix 250 ml of ANAA (as above) with 400 liters of clean water. Spray the ANAA-water solution (within 24 hours) on newly shaved (cleared of debris) sugarcane stools just once. Pesticides can also be mixed if needed.
STEP 2 – This is the first foliar spray of Power Grower Combo 30 days after Step 1. This will accelerate absorption and assimilation of available soil nutrients to increase productive tillers and increase the chance of healthy development of the plants until maturity.
FOR PLANT CANE: Mix one kilo of Power Grower Combo with 200 liters of water and spray on irrigated plants after first fertilization. For non-irrigated fields, spray immediately after fertilizer application.
FOR RATOON PLANTS: Dosage is same as above. Spray after first fertilization in irrigated fields. For un-irrigated field (rainfed), spray after first fertilization or when there is ample moisture in the soil.
STEP 3 – Second foliar spray, 30 days after Step 2. This is to maintain accelerated absorption and assimilation of available soil nutrients to help grand growth stage and increase cane height, diameter, and cane weight.
FOR RATOON & PLANT CANE: Mix 2 kg Power Grower Combo with 400 liters of water. Spray when there is ample soil moisture in both irrigated and rainfed fields.
STEP 4 – Third foliar spray, 30 days after Step 3. This is for increased cane height, bigger and heavier canes.
FOR BOTH RATOON & PLANT CANE: Mix 2 kg Power Grower Combo with 400 liters of water and 250 ml Philor GA3 and spray the plants when there is appropriate moisture in the soil. The plants will not be able to absorb plant nutrients from the soil if there is lack of moisture.
That’s all. Mr. Puyat said that the SRA will soon adopt the technology. Clusters of sugarcane farms will adopt the technology in the next planting season.