Plaquemines citrus crop takes a beating

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - Much of Louisiana's citrus crop is rotting on the ground.

Navel oranges, satsumas, grapefruits - little was spared as Hurricane Isaac roared across southeast Louisiana, knocking fruit off tree limbs and flooding orchards in Plaquemines Parish just a month away from fall harvest.

The Saxon Becnel and Sons Citrus Nursery in Belle Chasse was spared flooding but lost about 90 percent of its oranges and half of its satsuma crop from two days of high winds that hovered over the region.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports the situation is the same further down Louisiana Highway 23 at Star Nursery, where co-owner Dawn Camardelle, who runs the business with her father, Joseph Ranatza, estimates they lost about 60 percent of their satsuma crop.

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