Cane fire at Kāʻu sugar field
Before sugarcane is harvested, the field is burned "to remove the unproductive leafy material that makes up 20 to 25 percent of the cane plant. The leaves contain very little sugar, but if not removed before processing the cane, they can reduce the amount of sucrose (sugar) that can be recovered from the cane stalk at the factory." From Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company website "FAQs." HC&S FAQs About Cane Burning. February 6, 2013. http://hcsugar.com/what-we-do/faqs/.
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