The large amount of rain and flooding last week affected the state’s strawberry crop, The Advocate reports. Farmers in Ponchatoula, which saw more than 13 inches of rain last week, are still trying to recover from the crop-threatening rain. Farmers in Amite and Hammond saw similar conditions.
“We just lost what was ready to harvest,” said Chuck Ciampa of Ciampa Farms in Hammond, according to The Advocate. “The fruit we picked today looked great.”
The rain came just as the berries were beginning to ripen and farmers were getting ready to harvest. The flooding and rainfall may delay productivity for some farmers.