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US: North Carolina farmers fear impact on sweet potato crop

According to the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, this state produces the most sweet potatoes in US. It will provide nearly 60 percent of the nation's supply, and there is concern this supply will be impacted with more rain from the remnants of Hurricane Michael.

Farmers in the east have already been hit hard once this hurricane season. Hurricane Florence forced Scott Farms in Wayne County out of their fields for about 10 days and even though the impacts from Michael are expected to be less severe, these sweet potato farmers say they always have to be prepared.

Scott Farms Vice President Dewey Scott: "Really we are on a very narrow window now." Scott does say governor Cooper's State of Emergency does allow them to get crops out of the ground quicker because they do not have to worry about the weight limits on their trucks. And even though the quality of most of the crop is looking good at Scott Farms, there are still a few bad potatoes in the mix.


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