Experts predict record-breaking sugar cane crop in Louisiana, Iberville Parish

TOMMY COMEAUX tcomeaux@postsouth.com

Traditionally, the harvesting of sugar cane has always been finished by Christmas, but several recent years have pushed the end of harvest well into January.

This is one of those years, as experts from the American Sugar Cane League and Buckley “Buck” Kessler, general manager for Cora Texas Manufacturing, Iberville Parish’s only sugar mill.

Kessler said the previous record sugar cane crop was in 2012, “and this crop looks like it’s going to be better than the ’12 crop.”

Kessler said last week he expected Cora Tex, the common name for the mill, to finish with about 200,000 tons more raw sugar this year over last year’s total.

We’re going to be at about 1.760 million tons and we were around 1.475 last year,” he said.

Kessler said the yield per acre is also up this year, helping push the total tonnage of the crop up.

The sugar yield is really strong,” he said. “We’re going to end up with around 9,600 pounds per acre,” he continued.