Monday, February 20, 2012
The Rio Grande Valley is one of the top ten sugar producers in the USA. They produce 160,000 tons of raw sugar and 60,000 tons of raw molasses yearly. The plant is located in Santa Rosa, Texas. Sugar cane has been grown here for over 200 years. The growing season is October through May. After crushing the cane, the waste is used to generate electricity to run the plant with enough electricity left over to sell to the grid. After cutting the cane, it will grown back for about 3 to 5 years before replanting. To replant, pieces of the cane are just stuck in the ground to regrow. I find it all fascinating!!