Strawberry crop recovering from rain

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The heavy rains that soaked south Louisiana in early January hurt the strawberry harvest, and left some fruit rotting in fields, but conditions have greatly improved, according to the LSU AgCenter.

In the last two weeks, some areas in Tangipahoa Parish have had as much as 13 inches of rain, Sandra Benjamin, the AgCenter county agent for the parish, said in a news release. Farmers were not able to get in fields to control diseases.

“A lot of strawberries had to be thrown away due to gray mold and rot,” Martin said.

During the periods of light rain, however, farmers were able to pick some of their berries to sell.

“The weather we are having now is good for the berries,” Benjamin said. “The coming days should be sunny, which will allow the fields to dry up.”