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Rainy weather is slowing the rice harvest

Posted at 4:09 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 19:55:36-04

For the last year Acadiana has been in a relatively wet pattern pushing back the entire rice process in 2019.

Rice farmer Alan Lawson says "we weren't able to get the fall work done in the fields like we normally like to, it delayed the planting in the spring which is delayed the harvest until now, so it's a couple weeks later than we like to be."

To go along with all the rain Hurricane Barry made matters even worse.

Lawson says "Barry came in right about the time rice was flowering and pollinating and high wind and rain at that time is just not good it caused a lot of disease."

Now as farmers try to harvest their crop the daily showers are keeping them out of their fields.

The longer farmers have to wait to harvest the more the crop is losing value.

Because of all these challenges profits are definitely taking a hit.

Lawson says "it's not been a really good season because of that yields are less than where we would like to be."

Now farmers are hoping for sunshine and drier weather in the coming weeks to make up some of theirs loses.