2014 NC Sweetpotato Field Day

— Written By Andrew Scruggs and last updated by

On September 18th growers, packers, researchers, extension agents, and industry representatives all came together to observe and learn about the latest advancements in sweetpotato research here in North Carolina. The annual event took place at the Horticultural Crops Research Station in Clinton, NC and was sponsored by NC State University, the NCDA&CS, and the NC Sweetpotato Commission.

During the first part of the field day Dr. Katie Jennings provided information on controlling palmer amaranth in sweetpotato fields and Dr. Craig Yencho and Ken Pecota provided the latest information on new variety releases and some advanced selections coming out of the sweetpotato breeding programs at Louisiana State University and NCSU.

Ken Pecota provides information regarding new releases and advanced selections in the National Sweetpotato Collaborators Trial at the 2014 NC Sweetpotato Field Day.

Ken Pecota provides information regarding new releases and advanced selections in the National Sweetpotato Collaborators Trial at the 2014 NC Sweetpotato Field Day.

Several researchers also provided the NC sweetpotato industry with an update regarding research being conducted at NCSU. Dr. Lina Quesada provided an update on sweetpotato diseases, Dr. Anna Stepanova talked about molecular biology research being performed in sweetpotato, Dr. Zvezdana Pesic-vanEsbroeck discussed plant viruses affecting sweetpotato, and Dr. Mike Boyette and Dr. Jonathan Schultheis explained their research on storage of sweetpotatoes.

2014 NC Sweetpotato field day

2014 NC Sweetpotato field day

Dr. Lina Quesada from the Vegetable Pathology Lab at NCSU encouraged growers experiencing disease problems to submit samples to the NCSU Plant Disease and Insect Clinic for analysis.

The field day provided an excellent opportunity for all stakeholders involved the sweetpotato industry to not only meet, socialize, and enjoy themselves, but also to catch up on the latest sweetpotato research in NC and to see a glimpse of the exciting future the sweetpotato industry has right here in NC.