Louisiana Sugarcane Burning

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Farmers burn sugarcane to reduce the amount of leafy extraneous material, including stalk tops, delivered with the cane to the factories for processing. 
 
The benefits of burning sugarcane are:
  • An overall lower cost of production that benefits farmers and consumers
  • Allows more efficient harvesting of sugarcane in the field
  • Reduces the number of hauling units on the highways delivering sugarcane to the factory for processing, thus reducing wear and tear on public roads
  • Decreases the volume of material to be processed by the factories
  • Shortens the harvest season by as much as 10 percent
  • Increases the yield of sugar recovered per ton of sugarcane by the factories and improves overall quality of the sugar produced
  • Reduces wear and tear on field and factory equipment
  • Reduces energy expenditures in the field and by the factory
 

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