Carolina growers scale back acreage despite consumer demand

08/28/2012 05:09:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Burch Farms, like other Tar Heel State growers, scaled back its plantings this year.

“We’re down 5,000 acres in North Carolina this year,” Burch said. “That will get supply and demand back in line.”

For the long term, Burch has no concerns about sweet potato demand, thanks in large part to continuing good nutritional news.

“It’s the No. 1 healthy vegetable in the world,” he said. “We got a little too bullish last year, but long-term, the sweet potato deal is going to be great.”

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