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Too much rain making farmers; job more difficult - Daily Iberian (New Iberia) - 11/2/2015 -

dAILY iBERIAN

Too much of a good thing is a bad thing, and although rain is necessary for crops to grow, sugar cane has taken a beating and may take more this winter.

"The rain for a farmer is most of the time a good thing, but during harvest we really donít like it,Ē Rob Judice, a farmer for Judice Farmers, said. "We were in a severe drought and burn ban, all those things. We needed it, but not 6 or 10 inches like some people got. Itís one of the necessary evils we deal with.Ē

Judice said some of his cane in the Loreauville area fell over due to the recent rain and high winds. Bringing more waste and mud to the mill also caused a lowering of the sugar content. The weather system came after months of on and off extremities between painfully dry and dreadfully wet months. Judice called this year in particular unusual with month-to-month switches of moderate droughts and heavy rains.

Downed cane"The crops have definitely shown stress because of it, and it is by far going to be less than what we would want in crop. I would not call it a disaster, but it is not going to be anything but a mediocre crop,Ē Judice said.

Judice credited the crop as being resilient in that it does not completely fail with extreme weather, like grain and soybean crops might. Freezing is a sugar cane farmerís biggest enemy, he said, because the cane will split open, rendering it useless.

Although Judice said a severe freeze is uncommon, an early freeze would be the biggest detriment to the regionís sugar cane crop. READ THE FULL STORY BY ASHLEY HINSON AT THE DAILY IBERIAN


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