Louisiana farmers harvested a good crop of sweet potatoes this season, despite heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac and unexpected wet weather in late September, according to the LSU Agricultural Center.
Overall, farmers brought in an average, good-quality crop, Agricultural Center sweet potato specialist Tara Smith said in a news releases, but the acreage used for sweet potatoes is down in the state for the second year in a row. Smith doesn’t think the decline in acreage is permanent.
“There are a lot of good things still promising and on the horizon, and we are optimistic that we will see a rebound in acreage in subsequent years,” Smith said.
Farmers are excited about two new varieties. One is Orleans and the other is La 07146. A small number of acres were planted in these varieties. Beauregard has been the leading variety in Louisiana for decades. Smith said Orleans is the first variety that may challenge Beauregard’s top spot.