Daniel Richard stands in a 250-acre field, surveying the ruins of his hard work: Rotting soybeans as far as the eye can see.
"We're in unchartered waters," says the fourth-generation Louisiana grain farmer. "We've been through tough times, but definitely nothing of this magnitude."
This is just one field Richard had to leave unharvested. In total, about 800 acres, 40 percent of his crop, sit dried out and useless.
"We lost the demand in the market with the tariffs. There were no exports. They weren't shipping out. China wasn't buying, of course China buys about, a little over 50 percent of our crop."
Richard's family has been farming this land for 110 years. His son is the fifth generation working the farm. They have about 3,000 acres from Arnaudville to Port Barre. About 80 percent is soybeans. The rest is rice.
"A normal year, you know we're probably a million- to a million-and-a-half-dollar operation, and we always harvest all of our crop every year, which didn't happen this past year," Richard says.
The rotted beans are worth about $400,000. An equal amount of good, harvested crop is sitting in his full grain bins, with no one to buy them.
But it's not just farmers feeling the pain. Tariffs have hit the trade-sensitive state of Louisiana particularly hard overall.
Businesses here paid $19 million in tariffs in October alone, more than eight times the duties paid on the same products one year earlier, according to Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a bipartisan anti-tariff lobbying group, and economic consulting firm The Trade Partnership.