St. Martinville —Though Tuesday was officially the beginning of the sugarcane harvest at the Louisiana Sugarcane Cooperative (LaSUCA), not very much was going on.
The clouds of white smoke, nearly hidden by the early morning fog, were billowing deceptively as is the mill were running at full steam.
LaSUCA General Manager Mike Comb said some farmers are still in the planting stage of the crop rotation. Farmers can thank consistently wet weather and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike for stalling the August and September planting season.
“We need about 600 tons of cane,” Comb said around 8 a.m. Tuesday. “Right now we have about 40.”
Only a handful of tractors could be seen on roads near the mill, most of them heading back to the fields quickly. The cane transport process, that usually takes cane haulers a while waiting in queue, was nearly instantaneous early Tuesday.
Motorists should be cautioned that an increase in tractors and trucks en route to the mill at St. John should be expected throughout the course of the week.