cane to produce
By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer
A report from the University of California found growing sugar cane to produce ethanol in Imperial Valley makes economic sense.
Ethanol is grain alcohol that will be used to replace methyl tertiary butyl ethers, commonly known as MTBE, by 2003. With the phase-out, there will be a high in-state demand for ethanol.
Experimental cane-growing operations in the Imperial Valley "have enjoyed very promising initial success," the report found.
Cane grown in the Valley yields higher sugar content compared to farms in the Southeast, the report stated. More sugar means more molasses to make ethanol.