Sugarcane is an important source of income at the Golden Ranch. Since the early 19th century, Golden Ranch has produced sugarcane.
The sugar produced at the Golden Ranch factory in Gheens was shipped through a system of canals to Lake Salvador, then across the lake to New Orleans.
Sugarcane production ceased for a period after the Civil War, which brought devastation to fields, buildings, and equipment. It wasn’t until 1883 that the Gheens brothers, owners of the candy factory in Louisville, Kentucky, began to grow sugarcane on the property. Some of the sugar produced was to be used in candy. As time went by, sugarcane production was at a minimum and the sugar factory was abandoned. In 1920, Charles Gheens became the sole owner of the Golden Ranch Plantation, and it was then that sugarcane was reestablished, with the land being leased to tenant farmers.
Today, there are almost a thousand acres of sugarcane on the Golden Ranch Farms, which is currently solely owned and operated by Mr. Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr. The sugarcane produced continues to be shipped to a local factory for processing.