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There’s light ahead for sweet potatoes


July 16, 2010
By Don Schrack

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July 15, 2010 – Getting sweet potatoes out of California’s Merced County grower-shippers lately is like pulling teeth.

July 15, 2010 – Getting sweet potatoes out of California’s Merced County grower-shippers has been akin to pulling teeth of late.

Not because they don’t want to sell the tubers.

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The problem is a nearly empty pipeline.

In a normal year, the summer/fall crop would have started coming out of the ground a couple of weeks ago.

This is not a normal year in California.

What seemed to be never-ending cycles of a few cool, rainy days followed by a few warm, dry days in spring and early summer wreaked havoc with planting, cultivating and fertilizing schedules.

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