Hurricane Isaac spares Louisiana sweet potatoes

09/05/2012 05:11:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

downed sugarcaneCourtesy Louisiana State UniversityGrower Mike Accardo, left, and ounty agent Jimmy Flanagan inspect a sugarcane field damaged by Hurricane Isaac near Patterson. Hurricane Isaac spared Louisiana's sweet potato and rice crops when it came ashore. But the state's sugarcane crop wasn't as lucky, according to a news release.

Sweet potatoes appear to have dodged the bullet, according to Tara Smith, Louisiana State University AgCenter sweet potato specialist.

Any damage will likely be minimal.

In areas that received the most rain, grower could see 15 percent losses.

The actual damage will depend on weather the next few weeks.

Dry, sunny weather will aid recovery.

Soybean growers appear to have escaped major damage.

The storm knocked sugarcane to the ground, but didn't break stalks. The actual damage won't be known until harvest, although maturity will be delayed.

Harvest costs to pick up the downed crop also will increase.



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DEXTER DIXON    
FORT WORTH,TX  |  September, 06, 2012 at 01:49 PM

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