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Rain helping sugar cane farmers

Recent heavy rains hurting some farmers, but helping others.
Joe Todd working on his sugar cane farm.
Joe Todd working on his sugar cane farm.
Most farmers don't appreciate the heavy rains we've seen the past few weeks, but sugar cane farmers sure aren’t moaning and groaning.

"You've got plenty of moisture. We're able to keep the weeds and everything down and keep it clean. It loves warm weather. The soil is warm enough now that the cane is growing 24 hours a day,” said Joe Todd. “July is the peak month when you get your best growth out of sugar cane. Normally in July if it’s a normal July like we've traditionally always had sugar cane grows an inch a day."

Now, sugar cane farmers don't want it to rain the whole season but just until September. Growing in perfect weather conditions would mean perfect syrup and that means lots of money.

Todd Farms doesn’t only supply locally, but they're going international.

"We've just grown and we just recently and just started exporting syrup to Lusk cosmetics. They are out of London. Had a group from London to visit us and they discovered our products," said Todd.

Just last year alone Todd farms made over 1,800 gallons of syrup and they’re up 40 percent from last year.

"This is our second year to harvest here at headland. We made the commitment to enlarge and we couldn't enlarge where we were so we worked hard to pick a real good soil and a real good environment and were learning more and more about the soil and things here in Henry County," said Todd.

Todd farms have an old school way of farming; they plow and hoe the field. This year they'll be adding a pair of mules to help get the job done.

Todd's farm is planning to expand and add a sugar cane museum. They've already been working on the project and plan to have it completed in the next two years.
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