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USA – Louisiana cane growers are better off by U$120 million from burning cane [Registered]

Study by the Louisiana State University’s AgCenter recently reported that without the practice of burning cane prior to harvesting, the industry would be about $120 million a year less profitable. According to the AgCenter sugar cane specialist Kenneth Gravois, ““The more trash [dead leaves and tops] removed by burning prior to harvest, the faster machines can harvest”. Less trash also means lower transportation and processing costs, as well as better sugar recovery according to the study. For instance, without burning, trucks would have to haul about 95,000 more loads of harvested cane to Louisiana mills, which would cost about $14…

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