I didn't think they'd still be harvesting at this time in the season.
The end of sugar cane harvesting usually takes place between Christmas and mid January in South Louisiana. Poor weather conditions yielding smaller tonnage can bring the end of harvesting to Christmas times. Good weather for growing and crop yields, sugar mill break downs, terrible rainy weather can extend the harvesting until mid Jan. Then there are years where occasional hard freezes followed by a quick extended warm up can ruin and sour the cane and farmers then loose whatever had not been harvested before the hard freeze and the harvest season ends abruptly. I live in one of the Northern most sugar cane growing areas in South Louisiana and the last I heard our local mill will be running until Jan 10th-Jan 12th without any mill breakdowns this season.
Good Info from Swampgriz, here further south we had 2 hurricanes, which impacted the mills. Usually my cane Is cut for Thanksgiving not so this year. A hard freeze can destroy a years growing resulting in a very reduced crop check.
The sugar mill in the area I live in is either the largest or 2nd largest in the state on the basis of annual tonnage ground each year. It's a monster the requires timely deliveries of the sugar cane. Farmers are placed on scheduled harvest/delivery dates at the mill. They must harvest and haul to the mill 24 hours a day when it's their turn to bring in their crop. It's a strange sight driving down country roads at night and seeing the giant cane cutters, tractors and carts with all the related headlights moving through the fields. Then when the mud gets really bad, I've seen one bulldozer pulling a tractor and cart while a 2nd bulldozer is pushing the same tractor and cart from the rear to get it out of the field! These farmers have some real challenges.