(Dec. 3) HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Growers in the East Glades area of the Homestead growing region are slowly rebounding from heavy rains in early November that damaged or destroyed acres of beans and potatoes.

More than 8 inches of rain drenched the southern Dade County area Nov. 4-6 during the harvest of snap beans and seriously affected a recently planted potato crop.

Ray Tinnons, agency manager of the Dade County Farm Bureau, said about 750 acres were damaged or destroyed.

“Almost every farmer in South Dade was affected,” said Katie Edwards, a spokeswoman for the Dade County Farm Bureau, “and bean farmers were affected the most.”

Angela LaRocca, president of LaRocca Farms Inc., said it was hard to estimate the degree of damage to her farm’s snap bean crop.

“It’s hard to tell because it’s not all in one place and is so spread out,” she said. “We had 15 of 40 acres affected in one location and 10 of 25 in another.”

Altogether, LaRocca estimated damage at 20% to 30% at a time when harvests were reaching a fast pace.

John Alger, owner of Alger Farms Inc., lost 70 of 100 acres of potatoes and is attempting to salvage another 30 acres in an area immediately east of Homestead Air Force Base.

His potato crop had been planted for one to two weeks and was almost entirely destroyed.

“I’ve got 70 acres of potatoes that I’ve disked up and probably should have disked up 30 more,” he said. “I’ve already replanted. This just puts me back three weeks from where I want to be.”

Alger also grows corn, which was not affected and remains on schedule to be harvested in early January.

Tinnons said the financial impact of the losses would not be known for at least a couple of months.