- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 9, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter says farmers and experts are “cautiously optimistic” that the recent freeze didn’t do major damage to Louisiana’s sugar and wheat.

AgCenter agent Blair Hebert says in a news release that about 10 percent of the Teche area’s sugarcane is still in the field, partly because farmers increased plantings.

Farmer Mark Patout tells the AgCenter that a hard freeze can split stalks, letting in bacteria that can reduce the sugar content. He says warm weather shortly after a freeze makes things worse.

AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois says days and nights have remained cool so far.

Wheat specialist Boyd Padgett says wheat probably was young enough to remain undamaged. He says that as long as the growing point is below the ground, wheat can tolerate several hours below freezing.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide