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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2014, 06:41:15 AM »

Hey Rob, the sugar cane done pretty good. I haven't had a chance to do the sugar thing. In the future, 2, 3, 4, years I'm going to fence in a bottom in the front field. A friend of mine planted some in the 70's a few hundred yards up in the same bottom. He said you never seen the like of sugar cane. He made good money off of it too. 10 cents a stalk, you pick.
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« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2014, 09:30:38 AM »

i expect you can get more than a dime for it these days
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« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2014, 09:39:04 PM »

He was getting either 50 cents or a dollar towards the end. I'm thinking the stalks I bought were about $2 apiece. I had some type of borer worm get in a few of my stalks. It's still quite the learning experience for me. Like apples. Growing up we had apple trees and I don't remember the birds being an issue. My young trees probably made 3 or 4 dozen this year. I watched through out the summer as one after one were being eaten through by birds. I finally got my busy but out there and put screen wire around the last 3 or 4 apples I had left.
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« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2014, 10:39:29 PM »

I've planted my first patch of sugar cane this past April. I'm about 20 mile  north of Columbus, GA so we're about equal as to how far north we are.   I planted mine in April because I was cautioned that the stalks may not survive the winter if planted last fall.  Anyway was just wondering if you watered during the summer and if you did how often? I didn't water and the stalks were short and not much juice as it should have been.   Just starting a new project with cane growing.  I may set up a mill and kettle but want the cane growing figured out first.
One more question, what type of sugar cane are you growing?

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« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2014, 03:02:43 PM »

Welcome Bell.

This will be my second year with sugar cane. I plant mine in the fall. I didn't water mine hardly any last summer and I should have. Overall the stalks didn't get as thick or as tall as they did the year before. I've heard both ways on planting, in addition I've heard bed them up in straw/hay so the knots will come out on the stalks.

I have at least three different types. I'm sure one is blue ribbon because it's a pretty dark blue looking color. Another is lite blueish green, and the other is just green. I buy them at an area where lots of produce farmer/yard sellers met. If I was told the names I don't remember them. I let the cold get to mine this year so I didn't get to enjoy it nearly as much as I should have. My plan was to plant this harvest in the bottom of the front pasture but we haven't goten hardly any rain since around the second week in August and the ground is like concrete. I was re-planting some of my stalks and I dug up some stalks I planted last fall. They still looked good and fresh. They had just a little roots but no growth/sprouts.

The state of Alabama, Dept of Agriculture, has a paper that comes out about every month. It's called the Alabama Farmers and Consumer's bulletin. There's a sugar cane/syrup making bunch that advertises in there. Sort of like a bee club/association. Maybe Georgia has the same publication with a different name.
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« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2014, 09:14:58 PM »

Most things that I have read say plant in the fall but I spoke to someone in east  Georgia and he said I might better plant in the spring being how far north I was.  Now I'm  beginning to think it may not really matter.  I know it was grown around here years ago.  I planted red cane and I'll try to plant some green cane next.

Here in Georgia we have the Market Bulletin put out by the ga. Department of Ag.  The site/paper has a section with cane for sale.  Most cane growers are way south of me. 

My cane turned out ok but just might try to figure out a way to put some water on it.  What about fertilizer?  I was told I needed to use a tobacco fertilizer.   If I can remember it was 4-8-14 or something like that.  The ticket is in a file out at my barn but I think this is right.  Some growers say tobacco fertilizer some say it doesn't matter.

 By the way Elmore Co. is nice. Have spent some time around there a few years back.

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« Reply #26 on: November 16, 2014, 12:05:25 PM »

Bell, 10framer isn't that far from you. He might have an idea on who to check with on growing/fertilizing it. I just had the impression it was
in the grass family and nitro sodium would be what it craved the most. I usually use triple 8 or 13 which ever is the oldest in the shed.

If you're fooling with bees I suggest you update your profile and put your location down. A lot of bee questions are location specific and require location specific answers.

glad to have you aboard.
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« Reply #27 on: November 16, 2014, 03:40:47 PM »

I was thinking it was just in the grass family also but some will only use tobacco fertilizers.   I've got a contact down south about Moultrie Ga. and that was what he recommended.   I was asking because different soils may need different "types" of fertilizer.   I may plant another small section of red cane and use triple 13 and see what the difference in taste is.

I have 8 hives of bees  also, so thanks for pointing out my location info.  I didn't  mean to omit that.  I don't know where the hopelessly lost came from.  I do understand that knowing someone's location makes a big difference on advice when it comes to bees and plants.

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