Monday Yellow – 112
In South Louisiana — it is sugar cane harvesting time. I may be in the minority, I don’t know for sure — but I love watching sugar cane harvesting at this time of year … the sights of cutting, the trucks-and-trucks-and-trucks overflowing with cane, as well as the smells/aroma/fragrance of burning fields in preparation for planting the next year’s crop.
Sugarcane has been an integral part of the south Louisiana economy and culture for more than 200 years. When the Jesuit priests first brought sugarcane to Louisiana in 1751, little did they know that they were laying the foundation for an industry that now contributes $2 billion to the Louisiana economy.
Sugarcane in Louisiana
• 500 family farms
• 11 sugar factories (3 cooperatives)
• 440,000 acres (2013)
• 14,036,000 tons cane (2013)
• 1,557,000 tons sugar (2013)
• No. 1 row crop in LA grossing approximately $3 billion (2013)
Plans for harvesting this year’s crop and planting of next year’s crop were delayed. Typically, most Louisiana farmers head to the fields to harvest their crop in mid- to late – September, but this year’s harvest started mid-October to November. Approximately 70% of the Louisiana crop is harvested green by the cane combine prior to burning of the harvest residue.
Combiner for Green Sugar Cane Harvesting
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