North Carolina sweet potato grower-shippers are looking forward to strong demand for high-quality product in the 2014-15 season.

As of Oct. 7, harvests in the Tar Heel State were about half finished, said Sue Johnson-Langdon, executive director of the Benson-based North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission.

“Generally speaking, the weather has been favorable” for harvests, Johnson-Langdon said. “We had some rain, but those days are over.”

Grower-shippers expect good quality and abundant volumes throughout the season.

“We’re looking at an excellent season, as far as quality and quantity,” Johnson-Langdon said.

Because of an early end to the 2013-14 season, some growers were shipping green sweet potatoes at the beginning of the 2014-15 deal to help meet strong demand, Johnson-Langdon said.

But by the week of Oct. 6, most shippers were transitioning into cured shipments only.

On Oct. 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported a price of $18-22 for 40-pound cartons of orange No. 1s from North Carolina.

Cartons of No. 1 petite sweet potatoes from North Carolina were $14-15. No 2s were $10-13.

In Louisiana, 40-pound cartons of No. 1s were $21-22 on Oct. 6. Cartons of Mississippi No. 1 sweet potatoes were $20-22.