Louisiana Research Center Now the Northern Most Location for Sugarcane

By Matt Doyle, Louisiana Radio Network

The Dean Lee Research Center outside Alexandria is now the farthest north location for sugar cane planting in the world as scientists try to test the limits of the cash crop. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Ken Gravois says more and more farmers are growing interested in the crop in central Louisiana and elsewhere away from the coast. “We’re seeing a trend in our sugarcane acreage increasing further west and further north. Right now there’s sugarcane within four or five miles of Alexandria.”