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New technology hits the sweet potato fields

(Susan Parker)
(Susan Parker)
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Updated: 8/22/2013 7:18 pm
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - It will soon be harvest time for sweet potato farmer Jamie Earp.

He is among those eager to learn new technology being unveiled by crop consultants and other agricultural professionals.

"It really helps us out, gives us more tools in our tool box."

Tools like an undercutter or what some here call a razor plow. 

It would be used prior to the harvest, and while it moves through a field, it severs the root.

MSU Extension Service Assistant Professor, Dr. Jason Ware, is a big believer in the undercutter.

"Sweet potatoes when they go into harvest they can lose a lot of value to some of the storage issues that happen and so if we can toughen the skin before harvest," says Dr. Ware.  "We can protect those potatoes better."

It will soon be harvest time for sweet potato farmer Jamie Earp.

He is among those eager to learn new ways to make the most of his farming buck.

He is among farmers and others in the industry closely watching new technology being unveiled by crop consultants and other agricultural professionals..

"They're able to do technology stuff that we're not able to do at home. They can spread out different planting dates and application dates that really come in handy for us," adds Earp.

Handy at a time when all are hoping for just the right amount of rain and for yields they predict will be average around here.

""About 80 percent of our crop looks really good," says Earp.  "Twenty percent looks a little skimpy and has a little less root set, but by and large, I think the crop will be good this year."

Sweet potatoes are harvested in the fall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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