Survey: Hurricane Isaac spared most of Louisiana's crops

09/17/2012 10:52:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Considering what could have happened, Louisiana agricultural officials say they feel fortunate to have escaped major damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Louisiana State University AgCenter county agents and crop specialists spent a week shortly after the storm surveying damage from the late August storm and put the overall state ag loss at 3 percent of pre-storm value, according to a news release.

That mounts to about $100 million damage, which is low compared to the damage caused by last year's drought or other previous storms.

Yield losses for crops receiving the most damage included vegetables at 85 percent, citrus at 37 percent and pecans at 24 percent.

Combined, they amount to about $8 million in losses.

In addition, sweet potatoes experienced about a 5 percent reduction in yield, or about $1.6 million in losses.

Despite the damage, LSU Ag Center economist Kurt Guidry says he expects growers will still have a good year.

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