Living Crop Museum



Wilmington College 2005 

 Tropical Crops

Common Name:


Latin Name:

Saccharum officinarum


LCP 85-384

Crop Origin:

East Asia


Perennial sugar

Date Planted:

transplanted 1 June, 2006

Growth Stages in Ohio

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Donated by USDA-ARS-SAA

Cultivation in Ohio

Primary Uses:



Sugarcane is propagated by seed cane billets, not seed.  Entire stalks are normally planted due to cost of labor, but billets as short as 24" can also be used.  Billets should be covered by about 2" of soil.  In Louisiana planting is normally done in mid-August.  In Ohio conditions the canes are started in the greenhouse in March and transplanted in late April.

 Seeding Rate:

Plant stalks in furrows 18-24" apart.  When using stalks, overlap stalks by two joints.


Optimum soil pH is between 5.8-7.0.  For strong stands on heavy soils, apply 100-120 lb N/A.  Application of P, K and S are made according to soil test recommendations.


Among the many insects attacking sugarcane are the Sugarcane Borer, Sugarcane Beetles, Wireworms and White Grubs.  Generally only the Sugarcane Borer is severe enough to require application of insecticides. In Florida it is routine to apply a soil insecticide against sugarcane wireworm at planting.  Some insects also produce honeydew which increases growth of sooty molds.  These fungal growths result in early senescence and death of leaves.


Diseases are a major problem on U.S. sugarcane.  These include rust, mosaic, leaf scald, ratoon stunting disease, smut and yellow leaf.


Ripener is often applied a few weeks prior to harvest to reduce leaf area.  Harvesting should be done before the first frost or within 1-2 weeks after a frost.  Canes should be crushed within a few hours after cutting.


LCP 85-384 is a cold tolerant variety widely grown in Louisiana.                        TCS



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