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CAD703X
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How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
I remember fondly the days of riding my bike home to Brightside from LSU along Nicholson and truck after truck loaded with sugar cane blew past me.

I'd stop and grab a cane on the side of the road and take it back to my apartment to chew on.



LaBR4
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
I'd say strong....... to quite strong

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Brummy
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
Highly subsidized


MegaTiger3
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
Pretty damn solid baw


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34venture
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
I don't know a poor cane farmer is that means anything.


prostyleoffensetime
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
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I don't know a poor cane farmer is that means anything.


I will say that it looks like they work for it during harvest. I’m a cotton/grain farmer and a member of some farming group on Facebook that has some sugar cane farmers in it. It looks like they cut cane every day, regardless of weather, for like 4 months.


stewie
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
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Highly subsidized


I guess a troll is going to do troll things.



I farm sugarcane in south LA with family. 2017 was an excellent crop year for most sugarcane farmers. I believe the state posted its highest ever yield on a per acre basis.
We'll also receive a slightly above average price for our sugar (being a non-GMO crop does have a marketing advantage)
When you couple the two together, it makes for a good year.


And no, sugarcane and sugar beet farmers do not receive subsidies...unlike 95% of the rest of the world's sugarcane producing countries.


Pepe Lepew
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
Growing


wickowick
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
It's sweet...


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stewie
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
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I will say that it looks like they work for it during harvest.


Late January through early July aren't bad. I'd say it's similar hours to farmers in other commodities.
You have some rough patches due to weather and timing of cultivations but it isn't bad.


Late July through early January of next year are tough. You plant part of next year's crop and harvest your cane and it's 12-14 hours of work nearly every day.
You may have a week or two off between planting and harvest but it's no much of a breather.

Most sugarcane farmers are doing well right now...it's just the lucky timing of an uptick in price and a good crop year.


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Jim Rockford
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
Enjoying those sweet, sweet taxpayer subsidies.


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White Bear
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
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And no, sugarcane and sugar beet farmers do not receive subsidies...unlike 95% of the rest of the world's sugarcane producing countries.
There are import restrictions on foreign sugar though, right?


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Tiger Roux
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
I always thought that the only reason we even had sugarcane was because of subsidies. ??

which crops are subsidized ? Corn ?

I know they use to have a set aside program where they would pay you not to farm.


lsuson
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
Stewie, anyway I can get my hands on a barrel of cane syrup??


lsuhunt555
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
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don't know a poor cane farmer is that means anything

You ain’t lyin.


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TheHarahanian
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
We’re producing diabetics in record numbers if that’s an indicator.


Brummy
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
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I guess a troll is going to do troll things.


Stating facts isn't trolling. The sugar industry has benefited from significant federal protection since colonial times.



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The U.S. sugar program uses price supports, domestic marketing allotments, and tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) to influence the amount of sugar available to the U.S. market. The program supports U.S. sugar prices above comparable levels in the world market.

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The 2014 Farm Bill provides for USDA to make loans available to processors of domestically grown sugarcane and to domestic processors of sugar beets at set loan-rate levels for fiscal years (FY) 2014-18. The loans are nonrecourse. When a loan matures, USDA must accept sugar pledged as collateral as payment in full, in lieu of cash repayment of the loan, at the discretion of the processor.

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The 2014 Farm Bill provides for specific ways to dispose of sugar owned by the CCC without increasing future forfeiture risk. Like the Farm Security Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and the 2008 Farm Bill, the 2014 Farm Bill includes the payment-in-kind (PIK) authority to transfer ownership of CCC sugar to processors in exchange for reductions in production through reduced sugar crop planting.

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The United States establishes separate tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for imports of raw cane sugar and refined sugar (also called "certain other sugars, syrups, and molasses"). Prior to the start of the fiscal year (October 1-September 30), the Secretary of Agriculture announces the quantity of sugar that may be imported at the preferential in-quota tariff rate during that fiscal year.
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White Bear
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
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We’re producing diabetics in record numbers if that’s an indicator.
That's due to HFCS baw, "big corn".


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prostyleoffensetime
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
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which crops are subsidized ? Corn ?


I can’t answer for sugar cane, but none of the crops like corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton are subsidized like they used to be. There is no direct payment based on base acres and yield.

It is now an insurance game and your payment is not based off of your farm’s acres and yield. It’s based off of county yield and avg market price.


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BayouFann
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re: How's the South La sugar cane industry these days?
Profits gotta be good since they employ undocumented immigrants.


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