May 20, 2010 9:36 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
OAK GROVE, La. - One of the largest tomato growers in
northeastern Louisiana says he will have a thin crop this year
after his plants were damaged by an apparent herbicide overspray
from a crop duster.
Charles Holley says his 900 tomato plants in West Carroll Parish
haven't produced a single tomato since he first noticed the damage
on April 11. He also says his plums, peaches, melons and some other
crops also were damaged - though not as badly as the tomatoes.
A typical tomato crop produces at least $20,000 in revenue for
The LSU AgCenter has taken samples of the plants to determine
the cause of the damage. In the meantime, Holley said some of the
plants might be nursed back into production.