KRAEMER, La. (AP) -- Christmas Day was just another work day for farmers trying to salvage their sugar cane from the soggy fields of southeast Louisiana.

Men and machines were out in Lafourche Parish, and in Terrebonne, where torrential mid-December rains flooded fields where sugar was already cut -- creating potential problems for next year's crop -- and in places where the harvest was still in progress.

The Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture says farmers won't know how bad a hit they've taken for a while yet.

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