Acadiana sugarcane farmers worried about next years crop

Photo: KLFY
Photo: KLFY

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)— Crops across Louisiana were damaged because of recent flooding.

In Louisiana there are over 400,000 acres just in sugarcane.

The agriculture business in South Louisiana took a huge hit after almost 30 inches of rain fell over a 48 hour period last month. The estimated sugarcane damage is almost $3-million.

The Soybean and rice industries took an estimated damage of almost $140-million.

Eddie Lewis III, a fifth-generation sugarcane farmer from Youngsville said farmers don’t know the extent of the damage just yet.

“You won’t figure out totally what you lost until after harvest season.” Said Lewis, “But right now we have a promising crop.”

Dwayne Viator, another sugarcane farmer in Youngsville said, Sugarcane is majorly grown because of its resilience, “It can take so much abuse, with water, with hurricanes, with droughts.”

But now that flood waters have receded, sugarcane farmers said their biggest concern now, isn’t that the cane hasn’t been harvested. They’re worried about the delay in planting next year’s crop.

“We were supposed to be planting about a month ago,” said Lewis, “and we were pushed back.”

Sugarcane usually takes 15-months to grow between 10 to 20 feet tall and harvesting begins late September until January.

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