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Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« on: January 28, 2022, 06:44:34 AM »
In Belle Glade Fl. the fields around this Plant are Sugar Cane.  The pile of processed pulp is unreal.  There are a hundred or so trailers of Cane at the end waiting to get processed.


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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2022, 06:57:14 AM »
That's a big place.
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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2022, 08:58:21 AM »
Is sugarcane continuously cropped? 
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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2022, 09:15:42 AM »
Yes it's grown year round.  They rotate with other crops and grow sod also out here.    There's a big annual Sugarland auction here in a couple of weeks.

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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2022, 11:52:57 AM »
How do they dispose of the processed pulp and avoid spontaneous combustion? That is a real problem at our lumber mills.
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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2022, 12:49:29 PM »
I dunno how they control it but they burn the Sugar Cane fields before harvesting.  We get ash 10 miles east from it.
It's spread on the left hand side of the plant just before you see the building come into frame.  It's a few stories tall looking from the road I think.

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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2022, 08:45:24 PM »
I saw some huge intentional fire piles going out in the everglades when i was hauling stone down in 2020.  

I think theyd be wiser to grind it back in.
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2022, 09:54:16 PM »
It's possible they do that but I've never asked.  The ground is black like coffee grinds but much lower than the road.  I've always wondered if they've gone too far down but they wouldn't ruin the land would they?  I think a good portion of the plant stays in the field.   The truck is full of cane that looks like 2 to 4 foot brown stalks with no green in the load.  If you get sod from out there it has a black bottom.

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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2022, 04:26:31 PM »
I couldnt tell ya..  Saw enough gators to keep me pretty close to the rig.  ;)
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2022, 04:44:54 PM »
Our gator is still here.  I've never had one stay this long.  He goes in between our pond and neighbors pond.  I didn't see him for a week or so and thought he had left but nope. Still here!

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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2022, 05:35:58 PM »
I dunno how they control it but they burn the Sugar Cane fields before harvesting.  We get ash 10 miles east from it.
In south Florida below Lake Okeechobee I think the fields are just lit and they let the entire tract burn. Roads and firebreaks between the fields would contain the fire. They are huge. On Highway 27 you drive south from Okeechobee for an hour and a half and as far as you can see both sides of the road, sugarcane.
Yep, a few gators there :). Sometime you see a dead one on the road. The live ones won't bother you unless you go out of your way to get in their territory.

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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2022, 09:38:41 AM »
The growing process there is amazing. 
We like to ride down that way and around lake O. 
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« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2022, 09:44:08 AM »
When I used to ride I always enjoyed a ride around the Lake.  One hole-in-the-wall roadside place had an awesome fried pork chop sandwich.  Another place had a slanted floor so the rainwater could rush into the canal.  It also had a Pet Spider on the Bar.
I think Watermelon harvest is around the corner. :)

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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2022, 02:00:47 PM »
I just drove by the fields and processing plant again.  Looks like they leave most of the dried grass spread out on the harvested field and work it in after it dries more.  This processing plant is a cooperative.  There is another plant in the distance that appears to be of the same size of probably a competitor.

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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2022, 05:07:45 PM »
not being able to see the lake drove me nuts and on like my 5th trip down there i finally parked the rig on the shoulder, climbed the berm and took a glance.  yup, looks like the ocean.

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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2022, 05:44:27 PM »
Half way down the Eastern Side on 441 at Port Mayaca you have a great view of Lake Okeechobee.  You can stop there and hang for a while if you have time.  There is a road you can drive up the side of Dyke.  The Florida walking trail not too far from there also.

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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2022, 08:08:34 PM »
This was when i was driving a semi.  I hardly leave home these days.  
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2022, 08:32:15 PM »
Well you ain't missing much but you never know when you may pass that way again on the way to Miami at the Clubs. ;)   :D

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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2022, 05:37:25 PM »
One of our sons has a new startup company that will use sugar cane as the stock to make plastics. (The "used stalks are made into items like fiberboard/cardboard, so on.)  Don't ask me how they will make the plastic as I'm no chemical engineer, like my KY boy. His company won a recent California contest for innovative companies and gaining bigtime investors faster now as he looks for a plant site. A logical move away from fossil fuel.  
I read just this week that the black Frenchman who invented the process to make granulated sugar from cane in like 1813 made it safer for the slaves who did it back then in kettles and that same "new" process is still in use today! A history tidbit for Black History Month.
Mexico has cane & plants all over the place. Most I've seen is hauled in old dump trucks, not long trailers like in FL, etc.. They were burning cane fields this last week in FL. 
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Re: Sugar Cane Processing Plant Drive By
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2022, 06:08:40 AM »
Another history tidbit, the skillsaw was invented for cutting cane.
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