Sweet Potato Crop Appears Average at Harvest Midpoint
The sweet potato season in Mississippi had a dry month in September, which could result in a loss of quantity. The bulk of Mississippi’s sweet potato planted acreage has increased 22 percent to 22,500 acres since 2013. Along with the sweet potatoes, many farmers began to grow sorghum, which is not a huge moneymaker, but it does control nematodes that benefit sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes from Mississippi, including different varieties and grades, have been sold at an average wholesale price of $21.60 per 40-pound carton, Alba Collart, Extension agricultural economist, said 2014 Mississippi sweet potato prices are up from last year’s. In 2013, sweet potatoes from Mississippi, including different varieties and grades, were sold at an average wholesale price of $16.30 per 40-pound carton.