The effect of water table depth on yield of sugarcane varieties PR 980, PR 1028, PR 1059, PR 1141, PR 64-610, PR 61-632 and PR 64-2705 was studied in lysimeter tanks in the field. Using plastic drains at varying distances and depths, variety PR 980 was studied on a 5-ha farm. Results obtained show that varieties differ in their response to water table conditions. Varieties PR 980, PR 1059, PR 64-610, PR 61-632 and PR 64-2705 yielded significantly more cane and sugar when the water table was lowered. Varieties PR 1028 and PR 1141 did not show statistically significant differences among treatment differentials. Under actual field conditions, using perforated plastic drains, variety PR 980 yielded significantly more sugar than in undrained plots. The results obtained in the lysimeter tanks are in accord with those observed under commercial production.