SPRINGFIELD – Strawberry farmers received their first have a look at their crop after the ice storm hit Louisiana final week.
“I used to be fearing it could be just a little worse than what it’s, however we’re nonetheless going to lose 30-35 % of our crop proper now,” Trey Harris of Harris Farms in Springfield stated.
Harris has about 140,000 strawberry crops, on his nine-acre farm, the place his crew started selecting berries for the first time because the freezing climate got here by.
The berries have been coated with two layers of canvas tarps to guard them from the chilly climate.
“The ice, the sleet, it destroyed plenty of the berries as a result of they’ve been below the covers for six to 7 days,” Harris stated.
Harris has already tossed out tons of of kilos of berries broken through the ice storm.
“It is in mom nature’s arms. We are going to come again robust. It has been laborious for all of us farmers,” Harris stated.
The height of the strawberry season would not begin till mid-April, giving strawberry farmers time to salvage their season.