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Drive Safely During Sugarcane Harvest

September 16, 2019

Baton Rouge, La. (Sept. 16, 2019) – With safety the number one priority, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is reminding both drivers and agricultural producers to use caution and patience on the roadway this sugarcane harvest season.

Harvest usually runs from September through December.

“As sugarcane grinding season ramps up this September, farmers are harvesting and trucking their cane to mills in south Louisiana which means more slow moving agricultural equipment and 18-wheeler trucks are on the roadway,” Strain said. “Farmers and the public alike must all do their part to drive safely during sugarcane harvest. “When you are driving, be aware of slow moving cane wagons and harvest locations, particularly on rural roads.”

“Cane trucks are just like any other 18-wheeler; they make wide turns and start out slowly when entering the roadway,” Strain said. “We just ask everyone to be patient.”

Driving reminders:

  • Leave a few minutes early
  • Slow down – be a little more patient
  • Look for harvest site road signs
  • Keep an eye out for slow-moving vehicles
  • Put the phone down