Connie Graham, Gravois, Kenneth | 4/20/2005 6:06:22 PM
Since the inception of the Sugar Station, the primary function has been to generate and develop new sugarcane varieties. At first the new varieties were of foreign origin. Through a cooperative agreement, the Bureau of Plant Industry of the USDA would import and quarantine the new varieties and seedlings. The new varieties that passed through quarantine were evaluated for performance in Louisiana by Sugar Station personnel. Later the Canal Point program supplied experimental varieties from seed of domestic origin. Since the 1950s photoperiod scheduling has been used to induce flowering under Louisiana conditions. Since 1983, all seed production has been done at photoperiod facilities at the Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel, Louisiana.
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