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Growers hope for 'sweet' season

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Posted: Aug 28, 2010 11:38 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: farmer, sweet potato, season, Louisiana

After two years of devastating weather, Northeastern Louisiana sweet potato growers are cautiously optimistic as they begin a harvest that will likely last into October.

Morehouse Parish grower Kelsey McKoin, who planted about 300 acres this year, tells The News-Star that this crop could be one of the best in years.

But growers are wary of tempting fate after two hurricanes wrecked the crop in 2008 and record fall flooding rotted much of the 2009 crop.

Ken Thornhill, who grows about 800 acres of sweet potatoes in Franklin Parish, says that left growers very stressed, and they need to get the harvest into the barn.

LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist and research station coordinator Tara Smith says the crop looks good, but it's been a little slow to size because of the extreme hot temperatures.

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