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Sugarcane farmers fear the freeze, could mean loss of crucial crop

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 8:23pm

Our farmers in south Louisiana are getting ready for the freeze.

It’s another day at the sugar cane fields, harvesting away but soon that crop could face some challenges.

“It’s not going to hurt anything but it makes me think, what’s to come?”

One freeze might not affect the crop in the long run but if the cold sticks around, farmers like Troy Canella say things could get bad.

“After two or three days this will end up looking dead.” said Sugarcane farmer, Troy Canella. “The problem is that the price is down about 35 percent from last year and we already have that to deal with.”

Penny pinching and then loss of crop this early is a scary combination.

“What’s to come in the next 3 to 4 weeks is really going to tell the story,” said Canella.

He knows that no matter what forecasters say or what they expect, anything can happen.

"With all the technology and all the good equipment, it can show you that Mother Nature can still step in.”

“It just makes me scared because if we get two frosts back to back,” noted Canella.

“I think if we keep getting some wind and that cold doesn't settle down for 2 or 3 hours I think we will be alright,” noted fellow farmer, Chucky Landry.

“Sometimes you can prepare of whatever but sometimes you can’t do anything about it."

Farmers plant about 10 different varieties of sugar cane which helps in situations like unexpected freezes. Some cane variety handle cold temperatures a lot better than others, so all they can do is hope for the best.


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