SCHLOT makes in-depth understanding of the sugarcane
value chain available to the whole industry.


Harvesting is a tough game, and as the performance of harvesters increases, the impact of relatively small changes in harvester settings can have big impacts on end-of-year profitability for the grower, the harvester and the miller. 

Unfortunately, whilst a simple change may appear cut-and-dried, over the value chain, some things work in reverse. A small but seemingly worthwhile change here can, in fact, reduce overall income for everybody. The interactions which occur when a change in harvesting practice are made are complex, and so the “real” effect of a change on overall profitability may be quite different to the magnitude of the change.

SCHLOT works through the harvesting and milling process, from cane in the field to sugar in the bin, and highlights the different costs and benefits of any change in one paddock relative to another.

More money in everyone’s pocket

Analysis of harvesting losses, and comparisons of machine harvesting relative to hand cutting in other countries indicate that the losses in sugar value associated with harvesting can be much greater than the actual cost of harvesting. Reducing direct and indirect losses means more money for the Industry to share. 

SCHLOT is the most significant tool yet to emerge to help the Industry reduce these losses.

Best Practice Harvesting, under any conditions

Best practice harvesting aims to find the optimum compromise harvester operating conditions which gives best results whilst minimising the impact on harvester productivity. More traditionally, Harvest Best Practice involved reducing both harvesting speed and fan speed to maximise quality and minimise losses. Generally fixed guidelines were applied, irrespective of the conditions in the field. The result was that a benefit for either party was not always realised, but costs often increased.

Have the whole picture – losses and costs – at your fingertips

SCHLOT is the next generation modelling tool for the harvest, logistics and milling of sugarcane. A ‘first’ in combining ‘real’ research and real world conditions. Designed for anyone to use, it delivers immediately usable information at the click of a button.