ST. GABRIEL, La. — Two new sugarcane varieties will highlight the LSU AgCenter’s annual sugarcane field day July 21 at its Sugar Research Station here.

The new releases, Ho95-988 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sugarcane Research Station in Houma, La., and L97-128 from the LSU AgCenter, are promising new varieties for Louisiana sugarcane growers.

“With more than 90 percent of the state’s acreage in LCP 89-384, there’s a lot of anticipation in new varieties,” said Kenneth Gravois, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter’s sugarcane station.

Other stops on the field tour will include updates on ripeners, weed control and tillage, Gravois said.

Following the field tours, Brian Breaux, associate commodity director with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, will give an update on sugar allotments and proportionate shares, and Jim Simon, president and general manager of the American Sugar Cane League, will give an update from Washington, D.C.

Registration for the July 21 event will begin at 8 a.m., and field tours will start at 9 a.m.

The LSU AgCenter’s Sugar Research Station is located on the property of its St. Gabriel Research Station on Louisiana Highway 30.

A sponsored lunch will be provided at noon. Further information may be obtained by calling the station at 225-642-8105.