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Have you watched sugar cane fields being burned?

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Cane fire in Australia (Image By Rob and Stephanie Levy (Flickr Cane fire) CC BY 2.0  via Wikimedia Commons)
Image By Rob and Stephanie Levy CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons


In times past sugar cane fields were set afire prior to harvest to remove leafy undergrowth and some of the waxy coating. Less than 20% of Australia's cane fields are fired these days; green harvesting is favoured. Growers still fire the fields in Burdekin where irrigation channels could otherwise be choked by the undergrowth.

Have you watched sugar cane fields being burned? What was it like?

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No but I imagine it would be beautiful! Also an odd smell?
No smell other than outer leaves burning; fire doesn't reach inner 'juice' layers.
by donjo
That's really cool to know! Thank you for your reply :)
This is a rather interesting. I have never seen it and would probably be afraid to be anywhere near that fire.
by Gia
These fires do have to be carefully watched and planned to ensure they don;t escape the fields and become a problem.
I've never seen the cane fields burn but my husband has a long time ago when he was a young man. I imagine it would be an incredible sight.
No, I haven't, but I don't live in a country where it is grown.
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No I haven,t -I had read about this practise however do not live anywhere near sugar can fields and it is not something on my bucket list!
by Finy
Another reason they're lit is to get rid of snakes or any other unwanted critters, prior harvesting!
Ooh, what is this? I've never seen it, but like the idea of watching...
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