Submitted to: Sugar Y Azucar
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2002
Publication Date: September 12, 2002
Interpretive Summary: Florida sugarcane farmers produce about 25% of domestic sugar, more than is produced in any other state. Their cultivars come from a private genetics program of the United States Sugar Corporation in Clewiston, Florida and a public program at Canal Point, Florida. The public program is supported by USDA-ARS, the Florida Sugar Cane League, Inc., and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. This census reports total Florida sugarcane acreage, total acreage by cultivar for cultivars grown on more than 1% of Florida's total sugarcane acreage, and cultivars most likely to be used for certain soil types or planting systems. The information summarized in this census was supplied by growers and mill managers. Varieties from the USDA-supported program comprised 83.9% of the total acreage. Of the total sugarcane acreage, 78.5% was organic soil and 21.5% was sand soil. The census quantifies variety use industry wide for growers, and helps scientists plan experiments with the cultivars, planting systems, and soil types that best represent current industry trends.
Technical Abstract: The Florida sugarcane industry produces about 25% of all sugar produced in the U.S. Their cultivars come from two sources, a private breeding and selection program of the United States Sugar Corporation in Clewiston, Florida and a public program at Canal Point, Florida supported by USDA-ARS, the University of Florida-IFAS, and the Florida Sugar Cane League, Inc. The purposes of this survey were to account for relative use among commercial sugarcane cultivars, amount of sugarcane grown on organic and sand soils, amount of sugarcane planted in either the regular or successive planting cycle, and use of cultivars by soil type and planting cycle. This information was requested for all land in Florida on which sugarcane is grown. Most of the information was obtained from sugarcane mills. For a small percentage of the Florida sugarcane acreage, the information was obtained from independent growers. Varieties from the Canal Point breeding and selection program comprised 83.9% of the total cane acreage and varieties from the Clewiston program comprised 16.1% of Florida's sugarcane. CP 80-1743 with 25.1% and CP 72-2086 with 13.8% of the hectarage were the two most widely grown varieties among Florida's 188,866 sugarcane hectares. About 78.5% of Florida's sugarcane was on organic soils.