Gay & Robinson announced this week that late October would mark the end of sugar cane production on Kauai. All other companies had previously exited the business so this is the end for what was once Kauai's main agricultural crop. Annual burning of sugar cane fields as shown in the photo produced widespread smoke and ash but it was accepted because of the desire to keep much of the island's land in agriculture. Perhaps it is fitting that there is a partial rainbow over the smoke in the photo below.
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There is still a possibility that sugar cane could be grown in the future for production of ethanol fuels but the infrastructure for that is not currently in place. Source of this information is today's Garden Island Newspaper.
Many are surprised to learn that the new dominate crop is seed corn. However this is much smaller in scale and does not need the extensive acreage of sugar cane. Also, there is local resistance to this business because of fears about genetic modification so the jury is still out on its future.
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