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Farmers hopeful for harvest after cane crop damaged in hurricane season

Posted at 8:04 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 23:16:50-05

It's about the mid-way point of this year's sugarcane harvest, but with this hurricane season being so damaging to South Louisiana, what has it done to this year's crop?

Farmers say there has been some loss this season.

Mature cane suffered wind damage, causing it to bend and break in some areas. Newly planted cane that will be harvested next year also took a hit.

In coastal areas, cane sat in standing water over and over again with each storm that reached our coastline.

But all in all, LSU Ag Center officials say not all is lost in this 2020 season - the cane is being cut and the mills are busy.

"All things considered with this year, we think most of the crop itself, what we call tonnage, is still there," explained Blair Hebert. "What we are seeing in the mills shows that we have good tonnage."

As for the cane planted this year, when it's harvested in 2021, farmers will know just how hard hit this season was.

As this year's harvest continues, farmers are hoping for good weather: a drier winter with no early freezes.

Harvest season ends on January 10th.

For more information from the LSU Ag Center on sugarcane, click here.

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