Some Louisiana sugarcane fields still flooded
BATON ROUGE - Experts in Louisiana say some sugarcane fields remain flooded, with water unable to drain into full rivers and bayous.
Sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois of Louisiana State University says farmers have been able to plant only 15 to 20 percent of their expected acreage - and need to finish planting and start harvesting, since sugar mills are expected to begin grinding in a month.
He says that even before the August floods, wet weather had delayed planting, which ordinarily would have begun in late July.
Sugarcane fields in St. James, Ascension, St. Martin, Iberia, Lafayette, Vermilion and St. Landry parishes were hit worst. St. Martin Parish farmer Justin Frederick tells the AgCenter at LSA that he has 350 acres to plant "and not a stalk in the ground."