The sugar-cane harvest runs from fall through early spring. This video shows a mechanical harvester dumping 1-foot-long sugar-cane “batons” into a field wagon.
Once filled, the field wagon will head for a transfer point to load the batons into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer that will transport the load to the sugar mill. There, the cane will be crushed into juice by huge rollers. After that, the water in the juice will be heated until it evaporates.
The resulting dark “blackstrap molasses” will eventually be refined into sugar.
This video about the sugar-cane harvest was shot along Old State Road 80 in Belle Glade. / J.D. Vivian