LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Louisiana's sugarcane grinding season is going to extend well into January, but there's a good reason for the late finish: an exceptional sugarcane crop.
Kenneth Gravois, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist says "that's very late. That makes a lot of people nervous going that late, but we've had a good crop. We're sitting on a record crop here in Louisiana."
Last year, Louisiana's sugarcane crop produced a record for sugar recovery per ton of cane. The all-time record for sugar per acre was more than 8,400 pounds in 2012, and Gravois expects that record to be broken.
This season will be remembered for its extended grinding season, a south Louisiana snowstorm, but mostly for its phenomenal sugar content.
Sugarcane farmers are expected to harvest around 410,000 acres this year, an increase of 10,000 acres from last year.