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Strawberry farmers hit hard by recent flooding in Livingston, Tangipahoa parishes

(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)

For farmers in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes, the recent flooding has hit their strawberry crops hard. 

The fields at Landry-Poche' Strawberry Farm have been around since 1926. Co-owner Rhonda Poche' said they haven't seen flooding like last week's since 1983. Several rows of Poche's berries were damaged by too much water. She said strawberries burst when they absorb too much liquid. 

"Strawberries turn to mush basically," Poche' said. "They swell up. A strawberry is like a sponge. It kind of swells up, and it expands and cracks open and it just turns to mush." 

Believe it or not, Poche' said she is one of the lucky ones. 

"I've got three farmer friends on the east side of Ponchatoula that their fields are completely under water since Friday. And my heart just goes out to them. Because I know the damage we have, and we didn't go under water, and my heart just breaks for them," Poche' said. 

The biggest concerns for many farmers will be the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival this April. For Poche' and many other farmers, it's about taking in the losses and moving forward. 

"We just keep carrying on. Our motto around here is too blessed to be stressed. We're just gonna have to pick up, continue going, and just hope for the best." 

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