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Extreme weather could affect sugarcane harvest this year - Advocate - 8/31/2015 -

Plant cane load ready to be plantedLouisiana sugar cane farmers watched helplessly this year as, day after day, rain fell through spring and into summer, saturating fields and keeping farmhands from spraying herbicide and performing other crop maintenance.

Then they watched their cane stalks turn brown in the fields during a searing seven-week drought that finally ended in mid-August.

Still, farmers and other industry experts are hoping for an average crop this winter, maybe even above average. The cane still can gain the vigor it so far has lacked. And each stalk might yet produce a lot of sugar.

But the weather has to cooperate by remaining sunny and not so hot, and it also has to provide a shower here and there before the harvest begins in October.

"The rain that we had last week was a very good thing,” said Kenneth Gravois, a sugar cane specialist with the LSU AgCenter. "We can make up a lot of lost ground in September and October. We’ve made good crops off of late growth before.” READ MORE



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