Irene spares North Carolina sweet potatoes

10/12/2011 09:40:00 AM
Andy Nelson

The only wrinkle was sizing, he said.

Winds from Hurricane Irene blew down tobacco plants down, and as a result, growers of tobacco and sweet potatoes were forced to devote more time to their tobacco crops.

As a result, sweet potato harvests started one or two weeks later than their typical late August/early September starts, Precythe said. That gave spuds extra time to plump up.

“We’ve got a higher percentage of jumbos than I’d like,” he said.

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