Sweetpotato is North Carolina’s top vegetable crop and the official state vegetable. Approximately 50% of the nation’s supply of sweetpotato is produced in North Carolina. Other leading states include Louisiana, California, and Mississippi. Sweetpotatoes are grown primarily in the coastal plain of eastern North Carolina. However, some are grown in northeastern North Carolina (near Edenton) and in the Sandhills area. Small areas (less than 2 to 3 acres) are grown throughout the remainder of the state for home use or sale at roadside stands. The top four sweetpotato-producing counties are Johnston, Nash, Sampson, and Wilson.
Some additional web sites:
- NC Sweetpotato Commission
- What is the Difference Between a Sweetpotato and a Yam?
- Sweetpotato Diagnotes: A Diagnostic Key & Information Tool for Sweetpotato Problems
Black rot of sweetpotato NCSU Factsheet
Fusarium root rot of sweetpotato NCSU Factsheet
Rhizopus soft rot of sweetpotato NCSU Factsheet
Sweetpotato scurf NCSU Factsheet
Sweetpotato diseases Clemson Factsheet