(Nov. 16) At 15,000 acres, Louisiana’s sweet potato crop is down 1,000 acres from 2006, but growers still expected a strong crop as harvesting for the year was winding down, reported the New Orleans Times Picayune.

Digging was expected to be finished by Nov. 15, according to Tara Smith, Louisiana State University AgCenter sweet potato specialist.

Conditions this season have been better than in 2006 when late-season rains prevented growers from harvesting some of their crops. This year, most sweet potatoes were planted by June 15, and many growers added harvesters and hand laborers to increase their harvesting capability and prevent a repeat of last season’s problems, Smith said, in the article.