Sugarcane Environmental Best Management Practices

Ronald Levy  |  3/6/2018 8:36:55 PM

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Of the domestic sugar industries, Louisiana has the oldest and most historic. It has been a vital part of the Louisiana agricultural economy for more than 200 years. Production has expanded from the traditional sugar-producing areas of southeastern and central Louisiana along the Mississippi River, Bayou Lafourche and Red River and southwestern Louisiana along Bayou Teche to other areas of Louisiana, especially other central and western portions of the state.

For sugarcane production to continue to thrive in Louisiana, responsible management of soil and water resources should be a priority. These BMPs for Louisiana sugarcane production are offered primarily for the purpose of conserving and protecting soil and water resources. If properly implemented – with appropriate incentives, where needed – the practices described in this publication will help improve water quality without placing unreasonable burdens on the sugarcane industry in Louisiana.

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