The biggest variable for the upcoming season is the weather.
"My biggest concern right now is that we are extremely dry going into the spring, so hopefully we’ll get some more rain," Precythe said.
Still, most agree the future for the sweet potato industry as a whole is bright.
"The industry is in a rapid phase of growth. Per-capita consumption is up more than 35% over the last five years," said Tara Smith, coordinator of the Louisiana AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase.