BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The LSU Agcenter has unveiled a new variety of sugar cane.

Kenneth Gravois, an AgCenter sugarcane specialist, says the new variety produces significantly more sugar than the one most widely grown in Louisiana last year.

AgCenter scientists and breeders worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sugarcane Research Laboratory in Houma and the American Sugar Cane League in Thibodaux to develop the new variety.

"Seed cane" will be available from both the Agcenter and the Sugar Cane league. Farmers plant whole stalks, and buds along the stalks grow into new plants.

All cane varieties are identified by a letter and number code. This one is called "L 03-371."

Gravois says farmers can apply for seed cane now, and will be able to get it in late August and September.

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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