Sugarcane crop doing well

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With planting just around the corner, sugarcane farmers gathered on July 20 at the LSU AgCenter St. Martin Parish sugarcane field day to hear about research and new technology to help with their crop.

AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois said sugarcane across the state appears to be doing well. “I think we’re going to have a big crop,” he said.

Current varieties have excellent cold tolerance, which reduced the effects of last winter’s unusually cold weather. Cane after the freeze of 1989 suffered because varieties then were unable to withstand a deep freeze, he said.

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