Harvest season has begun for Louisiana sugar cane farmers

Local
The beginning of October marks the start of the harvest season for sugar cane farmers around Acadiana. 
 
“It’s a busy time of the year right now, we are at the end of September with next week being the beginning of October which in the cane growing area, around here in Acadiana the Teche area that means it’s time for sugarcane harvest,” says Blair Hebert. 
 
Hebert is a county agent for the LSU Ag center. Sugar cane farmers plant their crop right before they harvest, and since July they’ve been trying to plant but rain is delaying the entire process. 
 
He says, “Unfortunately this year we are only about 80% complete, maybe in some other areas of the state we might even be a little bit less complete with the harvest so far so we have farmers who are still waiting on mother nature to get in the fields dry enough so we can finish planting.”
 
 
Weather hasn’t been forgiving this years crop. These heavy rains followed a dry spell, and this winter we even saw snow. Taylor Blanchard is a local farmer, he says in the 80s a hard killer most of that years crop. 
 
Blanchard says, “Older farmers you talk to they said they lost a lot of Cain and had to plow it out late planted. I think now with these new varieties The development of culture see the cane can withstand a lot colder tolerance than it could back in the day.”
 
Last years sugarcane production in Louisiana set a record at 1.82 million tons. It’s too soon to tell if this year will top that, but Hebert says this crop is showing resilience. He says, “Our folks over at USDA, our folks over with the American sugar league, and our folks at the LSU accentor at the research stations have been doing testing and have been monitoring the cane. It’s grown a lot since July 1 and we think we have good sugar content and we think we’re going to have a good crop this year.”

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Scattered Clouds

Abbeville

59°F Scattered Clouds Feels like 59°
Wind
6 mph SE
Humidity
93%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly cloudy skies. Low 57F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
60°F Partly cloudy skies. Low 57F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
5 mph S
Precip
10%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Overcast

Crowley

61°F Overcast Feels like 61°
Wind
9 mph SSE
Humidity
96%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 57F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
60°F Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 57F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
6 mph S
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Clear

Opelousas

57°F Clear Feels like 57°
Wind
9 mph SSE
Humidity
91%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 56F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
60°F Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 56F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
8 mph S
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Clear

Breaux Bridge

58°F Clear Feels like 58°
Wind
5 mph SSE
Humidity
87%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight. Low 56F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
60°F Partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight. Low 56F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
6 mph S
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Clear

New Iberia

56°F Clear Feels like 56°
Wind
6 mph SSE
Humidity
100%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mostly clear skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low near 55F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
57°F Mostly clear skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low near 55F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
7 mph SSE
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous

Local News

More Local

Sidebar

Trending Stories