BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Scientists at the LSU AgCenter say aphids that have plagued Louisiana sugarcane fields have spread to the state's sorghum crop. Entomologist David Kerns says the pests first showed up in cane fields in 1991 and are now causing significant damage in sorghum fields. Kerns says... more »
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 »