BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU AgCenter researchers are studying how to make plastics from a byproduct of sugar and say the development could give sugar cane farmers a stake in the plastics industry and reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing plastics. Derek Dorman, an LSU AgCenter polymer scientist at... more »
It was a great year for sugar-cane farmers. Experts believe farmers produced record levels of raw sugar this year. Chad Hanks is a sugar-cane farmer in Duson. For nearly two decades he has worked in the business and says he's seen good and bad harvest seasons. Because this season was... more »
PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - The 2011 sugar cane harvest is close to wrapping up, and industry watchers say Louisiana farmers should produce record levels of raw sugar this year. Kenneth Gravois, sugar-cane specialist with the LSU AgCenter says the total tonnage of cane harvested per acre in Louisiana will be... more »
A different oil rig is causing some concern in St. Mary Parish. The rig rolled into the Baldwin Canal on Friday. It is a drilling barge that was being dismantled for scraps at T. Moore Services just south of US 90.
There wasn't any oil on board because the... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana sugar cane growers and the sugar processing industry are uniting to get the product from the fields to the consumer in a direct line. Cane growers hope the deal will boost their $2 billion annual industry, which has struggled with flat prices over two decades... more »
Sugar farmers are having a down season in Vermilion Parish.
Nearly 16 inches of rain over the past two months have left the ground muddy and slick. That's causing a low yield from crops. Since farm equipment is also driven on public streets that also means farmers must scraping... more »
The sugarcane season officially begins this weekend with the start of Iberia Parish's "Sugarcane Festival." This season is looking good-- a reason for farmers to celebrate.
After hurricanes Gustav and Ike last year, sugarcane farmers got off to a late and rocky start. Their crops were severely damaged and... more »