Sugar cane planners are racing across fields trying to get this year’s crop in the ground before the harvest season begins. Farmers like to start planning when the calendar turns to August, but wet ground kept them out of the fields to the end of August. Hot dry weather has allowed him to make progress, but they haven’t caught up just yet. The last few weeks things have been going tremendously well. Farmers are really making excellent progress, but they’re still not caught up to where they should be. While August was wet, July saw hurricane Barry come ashore. Its winds bent the cane, which is causing problems for some farmers. The little storm Barry, did put a little crook. Make it a little more difficult in our covering operations. We’re having to take two two passes to try to get an average amount of dirt on top of it. This extra pass is an added fuel expense. Planting is labor-intensive and plays a large role in the cost of raising cane. That’s why growers try to get multiple harvests from one planting. We’d like to try and cut it four times, you know get it to third stubble if we can, or more. You know, usually you can get it to second and sometimes a third. Last year’s harvest was exceptionally wet and tough harvest conditions can have an adverse effect on the following year’s crop. These fields are not in great shape from the 2018 harvest. We still got some ruts in low areas That’ll hold that were holding water. And that really hurt the crop. You can tell from the stand standpoint. Good stable prices for sugar have caused a steady increase in sugarcane acres the past five years in Louisiana. With the LSU AgCenter, this is Craig Gautreaux reporting.