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Barry causes minor damage to sugarcane fields

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 10:10:32-04

In the aftermath of Hurricane Barry the sugarcane fields of lower Acadiana look to have held up well.

According to the General Manager of the American Sugarcane League Jim Simon they saw just minimal issues as the cane is leaning but is not laying down flat.

Sugarcane farmer Ricky Gonsoulin says " we do have some damages, we have some leaves that are split that need to be repaired so the plant is going to go into repair mood ... and we're going to lose a little growth time out of this."

Gonsoulin also noticed that some of the stalks have shredded tops and a few broken canes.

Another issue is several hundred acres of his field are flooded from the heavy rainfall.

Gonsoulin estimates that it will take him 6-7 days to pump all the water out of the fields.

But there is some good news as it looks like its just rain and not saltwater from the Gulf.

With some hot and dry weather the crop should recover as sugarcane is very resilient.

Simon says "they're hopeful that this is going to be another good crop for Louisiana."