Louisiana sweet potato crop takes hit from storms

09/29/2008 12:00:00 AM
Tom Burfield

(Sept. 29) Louisiana sweet potato growers should lose 50% of their crop this season as a result of excessive rain dumped by Hurricane Gustav, according to a Louisiana State University estimate reported by the Shreveport Times.

Rain saturated the ground, causing the potatoes to rot.

About 90% of Louisiana's 16,000 acres of sweet potatoes were affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, said Tara Smith, LSU AgCenter’s sweet potato specialist, in the report.

Losses from Gustav alone were estimated at $33.5 million.

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