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Nov 4, 2013 9:13 AM by AP

Louisiana sweet potato crop average

CHASE, La. (AP) - An LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist says sweet potato quality is good this year, and the yield is average.

Mavis Finger says the sweet potatoes are smaller than usual because a cool, wet spring delayed planting statewide. She says growers are harvesting a lot of the premium grade, No. 1, but fewer of the jumbo potatoes used for processing.

Louisiana has about 7,500 acres of sweet potatoes. That's 25 percent down from last year.

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