(Baton Rouge-AP) --

Odom says the value of Louisiana's sugarcane harvest has fallen by half with 338 million dollars in losses from a pre-harvest estimated value of 687 million dollars. The cane stalks are difficult to cut, and the harvested stalks are covered in mud, causing problems with equipment and quality.

AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry estimated 52 million dollars in cotton and 41 million dollars in soybeans have been lost. In addition to nine million dollars in damages for second crop rice, damage to the sweet potato crop totals nine million dollars.