A harvester and cane cart fight their way through the mud on land farmed by Todd Morris in St. Mary Parish. Sugarcane producers have seen rain amounts that typically fall over the entire three-month harvest season in just a few consecutive weekends. The rain has caused sugar recovery levels to plummet as much as 20 percent in some sugarcane processing mills. (Photo by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter)
When the sugarcane harvest in Louisiana started in late September, growers were harvesting upright stalks, enjoying exceptional sugar recovery levels and fighting dusty conditions in the field.
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a three-part series featuring St. Mary Parish’s Teachers of the Year. Friday’s story will be about high school honoree Yvette Lake.