Sweetpotato Collaborators Conference

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Sweetpotatoes are a major crop in the U.S., especially southern states. Farmers harvested 116,900 acres with a production value of $478,308,000 in 2010, but they still face many production and post-harvest challenges. In order to maintain sweetpotato production, growers need to know which varieties grow best in the conditions on their farms as well as how to best manage insects, weeds, and diseases that can damage crops and raise costs. Coordinated, comprehensive research and outreach are needed to help sweetpotato producers navigate and resolve complex production challenges. After harvest, sweetpotatoes must be properly stored, packed, and marketed so that a supply of safe, nutritious produce is available for consumers.

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