North Carolina sweet potatoes running late, bringing high prices

A later-than-normal North Carolina sweet potato deal and lower acreage is bringing higher fall prices.

Some grower-shippers have run out of old crop potatoes and those that have supplies say they expect availability to remain tight until the new crop finishes curing in late October, about a month behind usual.

Heavy rains that struck during May and June plant settings delayed harvesting from the typical mid- to late August start to mid-September.
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