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Oct 12, 2013 4:43 PM

Sugar growers expect crop to dip from 2012 record

Louisiana sugar farmers don't expect a repeat of last year's record crop but are looking for an average harvest despite a chilly spring.

And, as trucks laden with up to 30 tons of sugar cane lumber down the highways, billboards warning drivers to watch out are sprouting around sugar country.

Louisiana and Florida together produce at least 90 percent of the nation's sugar cane. A longer season helps Florida produce a bit more than Louisiana.

Last year's record Louisiana crop was refined into 1.7 million tons of raw sugar, while Florida had nearly 1.9 million tons. The American Sugar Alliance says this year Florida is expected to produce about 1.8 million tons and Louisiana about 1.6 million.

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