Brazilian sugarcane fields have relatively low levels of soil loss, due in part to the semi-perennial nature of sugarcane. The same plant will grow back many times after it is cut and its cane juice is extracted. In fact, sugarcane is typically only replanted every five or six years.
The Brazilian industry also focuses on farming techniques that preserve soil stability while yielding approximately 85 tons of sugarcane per hectare. Strategies include:
Thanks to these responsible agricultural practices, soil erosion in sugarcane fields is minimal when compared to many other crops such as rice and soybeans. In some regions of the country, sugarcane has been produced on the same soil for more than 200 years with continuous yield and soil carbon increases.