Sugar cane grinding season has started in Louisiana and industry officials are predicting that this year's crop will be better than the last.
Jim Simon, general manager of the Thibodaux-based American Sugar Cane League, was quoted by The Courier as saying that farmers may have a few more acres in production and could produce more raw sugar this year than it did last year.
Sugar prices remain about the same as they did the previous year. Simon says growers are anticipating they'll get about 24 ½ cents a pound for raw sugar this year. Last year's price was about 24 cents a pound.
Simon says sugar cane has an almost $3 billion economic impact on the state.