Sweet Potatoes Behind Schedule

Sweet potato crops are planted across the state of California, but producers are concerned that the weather will halt the growing process.
Spring has been generally cold and wet compared to past springs, which is harmful to sweet potato crops. Sweet potatoes thrive in warm temperatures and grow best in the heat. Generally farmers plant the seeds in the soil and cover with hot beds to generate heat.
Farmers planted crops beginning in April and have slowed down planting more sweet potato crops in fear of losses. Generally the sweet potato growing season runs from April through July, with transplanting occurring in February. Although farmers have stopped planting additional sweet potato crops, The Sweet Potato Council of California expects farmers will plant more acreage of sweet potatoes than last year.
The crops are expected later in harvest due to the cool conditions.
Sweet potatoes are not only a popular vegetable, but also used in biofuel.
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