Harvest Underway of a Good Sweet Potato Crop


Yesterday, we heard from NCDA regional Agronomist Don Nicholson regarding crop progress in his region.  Today, Nicholson talks about strawberries and sweet potatoes:

“We’re all over the place with strawberries right now.  We have people fumigating, or just getting wrapped up fumigating.  And normally by this time of the year we want plants already in the field.  It has been so dry over the last month or so, people are having a hard time getting the plastic pulled up from the field because it’s so dry to till them up and get new plastic put down.  We’ve got people that have strawberries already put out, and folks that are just now trying to fumigate, so we’re all over the place.”

And of course, we’re getting close to harvesting sweet potatoes.

“Most of the growers in my regions, are probably half, if they’re not half through they’re almost half through the potato crop.  Again, it would have been nice to have had some rain to finish the crop out, but where it did rain a month, month and a half ago, the potatoes are really nice, they look good, the skin is tight on them, they’re digging some really good yields in some places, that’s all rain and soil dependant, the more rain you got, the better the soil, the better the crop.

“The sandy land potatoes look really good, they’re nice and pretty, they’re shaped nice, they’ve got a good color to them,   and it’s not going to be the best crop we’ve had, but it’s not going to be the worst, either.  All the growers are telling me that they wished the market would move up, the prices of them are kind of bleak right now.”

Speaking of bleak prices, I think that’s a sentiment we’re hearing across all commodities right now, are you finding that producers in your area are going to opt for a Group IV soybean in spring 2018 versus planting a winter grain?

“Most people that are in the tobacco business, or in the sweet potato business find it very hard to have an early group bean just because it interferes with the harvest of the other crops.”

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.