Grinding time — An 18-wheeler load of sugar cane dumps its cargo at the LaSuCa mill at St. John earlier this week. Grinding got off to a smooth start and the mill is expected to complete harvest of the 2017 crop in early January. Motorists are cautioned to be wary of the big trucks and cane carts making their way to the mill located on La. 347/Resweber Hwy between St. Martinville and Parks.(Karl Jeter)
The 2017 harvest of the parish’s sugar cane crop appears to be off to a good start, says County Agent Stuart Gauthier.
The LaSuCa mill at St. John cranked up last Wednesday, Sept. 20, for a season that is expected to stretch well into December.
“The current weather is very similar to what we were seeing at the beginning of last year’s harvest,” Gauthier said Tuesday. “But the crop is a bit different,” he added. “Last year we saw tonnage a bit on the low side but the sugar content was high. So far this year we’ve got decent tonnage but the sugar is not quite as high.”