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A shoot sprouting from a plant base, as in the banana, pineapple, or sugarcane.
v. ra·tooned, ra·toon·ing, ra·toons
To produce or grow as a ratoon.
To propagate (a crop) from ratoons.

[Spanish retoño, sprout, from retoñar, to sprout : re-, again (from Latin; see re-) + otoñar, to grow in autumn (from otoño, autumn, from Latin autumnus; see autumn).]


(ræˈtuːn) or


(Agriculture) a new shoot that grows from near the root or crown of crop plants, esp the sugar cane, after the old growth has been cut back
(Agriculture) to propagate or cause to propagate by such a growth
[C18: from Spanish retoño young shoot, from re- + otoñar to sprout in autumn, from otoño autumn]


1. a sprout or shoot from the root of a plant, esp. a sugarcane, after it has been cropped.
v.i., v.t.
2. to put forth or cause to put forth ratoons.
[1625–35; < Sp retoño sprout, derivative of retoñar to sprout again in the fall]


Past participle: ratooned
Gerund: ratooning

I ratoon
you ratoon
he/she/it ratoons
we ratoon
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I ratooned
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Present Continuous
I am ratooning
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Present Perfect
I have ratooned
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Past Continuous
I was ratooning
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Past Perfect
I had ratooned
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I will ratoon
you will ratoon
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Future Perfect
I will have ratooned
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Future Continuous
I will be ratooning
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ratooning
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ratooning
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he/she/it will have been ratooning
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ratooning
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you had been ratooning
they had been ratooning
I would ratoon
you would ratoon
he/she/it would ratoon
we would ratoon
you would ratoon
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Past Conditional
I would have ratooned
you would have ratooned
he/she/it would have ratooned
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References in classic literature ?
Naturally, it did not all mature at once, but I had planted in such succession that I could grind for nine months steadily, while more was being planted and the ratoons were springing up.
It can be harvested every 85 days in three ratoons, a practice of growing a crop from the stubble of previous crop without replanting thus making it cheaper to produce.
Ratoon 1 accumulated 50.1% less degrees days (DD) in relation to the plant-cane, and ratoons 2 and 3 accumulated 38.4% and 55.3% less DD, respectively.
Although statistical differences between ratoon stages were not found in either total above or belowground biomass, a decreasing trend with the number of ratoons was observed for aboveground biomass.
Additionally, given the fact that the renewal period of the sugarcane in the Valle del Cauca state is, on average, each 5 cuts, we determined the generated emissions during the preparation of one soil in renovation--i.e., ratoons in the cut 0--.
In the 1st and 2nd ratoons, the effective rainfall contributed equally to the expression of the productive potential and biometry of the evaluated cultivars, and the probable detected differences were due to the greater contribution of the irrigation applied notably in the period prior to the rainy season.
Second-cutting ratoons (cultivar 'RB855536') were used, following mechanical harvest performed in October 2012.
It is considered a primary sugarcane pest because of the direct damage that its larvae cause to stem tissues, mainly in the dry season (June to August), causing the death of ratoons and consequent gaps in regrowth, thereby increasing the incidence of invasive plants that compete with the crop.
The average millable and sugar yield of plant cane, 1st and 2nd ratoons showed significant increases (13- 19%) and (21-30 %) respectively, for all tested compounds except Algifert where it gave a slight sugar yield increase (4 %).
Her rice farm (84 hectares in all) is non-irrigated but the ratoons have grown very well by just depending on the rain.
Although three ratoons (new cuts from the same cane plant) were considered to be the optimum, usually many more ratoons were taken.
Ratoons are important for overall profitability of sugarcane cultivation as they save about 30% in the operational cost, mainly that of seed and reduced expenses for soil management (Sundara, et al., 1992).