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Sweet potato harvest, average but sweet

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CHASE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana's sweet potato producers are hard at work bringing in this years bounty.  The crop totals about 75-hundred acres across the state.  Harvest is expected to continue into early November.

We spoke with LSU Ag Center Specialist Mavis Finger at the Sweet Potato Research Station.
"Lately we've seen some ideal fall weather.  We expect an average crop, a good quality, average crop."

The Con-Agra, Lamb Weston plant in Delhi sources most of its potatoes from local producers.

"As far as Louisiana is concerned, all producers that are able to source to that plant and provide the necessary volume, Con Agra is sourcing from those producers in Louisiana."

Further support for southern sweet potato farms comes from a one- of- its kind facility in Chase, just south of Winnsboro.

"The only research station solely devoted to sweet potatoes in the US, so certainly it is an important resource for our growers in Louisiana and in the USA as well."

Small fruit and vegetable farmers are welcome to attend a workshop this Thursday at the Scott Research Station, also south of Winnsboro.

"Presentations on growing organically , marketing produce opportunities for Louisiana fruit and vegetable growers."

Producers will also tour the Sweet Potato Research Facility.

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