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Sunday
Dec192010

Weather Impacting Sugar Cane Crop, Prices

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The freezing temperatures in southern states are impacting several crops, including one that provides an ingredient used in so many foods it appears likely people across the country will feel an impact at the supermarket.

The Miami Herald on Sunday reported five nights of freezing temperatures have taken quite a toll on Florida's sugar cane crop.  Officials with U.S. Sugar Corporation told the Herald this year's crop has been heavily damaged, as well as cane grown last year being prepared for processing.  The 2011-2012 planting is also impacted by the cold.

The company reportedly has yet to harvest 60 percent of this year's crop but much of it is frozen.  Harvesters are working against the clock to get it in before it spoils.

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