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Local growers ready to harvest sweet potatoes

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HOUSTON, Miss (WTVA) - Owner of Englert Farms, Caleb Englert has been growing sweet potatoes since he can remember. Englert said his harvest wouldn't be possible without the men who work hard in his fields.

"A lot of hard work has been put into every potato that ends up on someone else's plate, he said. "If we didn't have them, it would be really difficult to do what we do"

Englert and his employees got ready for sweet potato season in April. Even though the heavy rain during the summer ruined many of his potatoes, he's grateful to have hundreds left to ship around the country.

"The potatoes we have now are fair and I'm very pleased," he said.

Because of growers like Englert, Mississippi consistently ranks third in production. Englert said local potato farms not only help bring food to your table, they bring in a lot of money to the state as well.

"This kind of been the heart and soul to this area. You know, when the sweet potato crop does good, all the other business do good," he said."

Englert is also urging everyone to come out and support local farmers at the Sweet Potato Festival in November.

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