May 7, 2010 11:33 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
BATON ROUGE, La. - The LSU Agcenter announces a new variety of sugar cane.
Kenneth Gravois, an AgCenter sugarcane specialist, says the new
variety produces significantly more sugar than the one most widely
grown in Louisiana last year.
AgCenter scientists and breeders worked with the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Sugarcane Research Laboratory in Houma and the
American Sugar Cane League in Thibodaux to develop the new variety.
"Seed cane" will be available from both the Agcenter and the
Sugar Cane league. Farmers plant whole stalks, and buds along the
stalks grow into new plants.
All cane varieties are identified by a letter and number code.
This one is called "L 03-371."
Gravois says farmers can apply for seed cane now, and will be
able to get it in late August and September.