Sugarcane Environmental Best Management Practices
By: Kenneth Gravois, Brian D. LeBlanc, Ronald Sheffield, and Karen E. Nix
Of the domestic sugar industries, Louisiana has the oldest and most historic. It has been a vital part of the Louisiana agricultural economy for more than 200 years. Production has expanded from the traditional sugar-producing areas of southeastern and central Louisiana along the Mississippi River, Bayou Lafourche and Red River and southwestern Louisiana along Bayou Teche to other areas of Louisiana, especially other central and western portions of the state.
More than 400,000 acres of sugarcane are produced each in 23 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes. The value of the sugar to farmers, factories and landlords exceeds $850 million, and the direct effects of the economic value generated from the crop exceed $2 billion each year.
(Produced by LSU AgCenter Communications, Pub. 2833
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