We have been surrounded by burning sugar cane for a few days now, but thankfully it has seemed to stop, mostly because it's all been destroyed. I've heard various rumors as to why they're burning it, but the most common rumor is that it is a sort of strike because the bank doesn't want to sell the land to interested people who would then provide jobs for numerous people. Who knows? All I know is that we are now being rained on with black ash and it is endless.
The air now smells sweet, a very distinct burnt sugar cane smell. Kinda like when you burn sugar in a pot. As the cafeteria doesn't have windows that close, the ash is flowing in to no end. Today it got swept out a few times, but even still, as the kids were eating breakfast ash was falling into their food...not good.
On the flip side, I do kind of like it after the cane has been burned because it makes everything "clean" and the once sky high leaves and stalks are knocked down for greater vision. But don't worry, it'll be growing again soon, nothing seems to stop the sugar cane.