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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes Although sweet potatoes have been grown in New York, they have received much more attention in the last couple of years due to the value of the health benefits it offers. Even though acreage is not normally recorded, we estimate that there are over 200 acres of sweet potatoes being grown throughout NYS. However, due to the long growing season that is required (100 days plus), they are generally produced on raised beds mulched with black plastic. Orange skinned, orange fleshed types are the dominant types grown here, but there are also white skinned, white fleshed and orange skinned, white fleshed varieties grown in the state. Sweet potatoes have also gained popularity with organic producers to replace winter squash production due to the fact that they have almost no disease or insect problems when grown here and can be stored longer then winter squash in many cases. The increase in winter farmer's markets or winter CSA shares has also increased sweet potato production in NY. However, deer and mice can be major vertebrate pests of sweet potatoes. Variety trials, plant density research and the use of floating rowcovers for increased production are being evaluated in the Capital District region of NY.

Relevant Events

Precision Pruning for Apple Crop Load Management

January 30, 2020
Plattsburgh, NY

High Tunnel Tomato Production Farmer to Farmer Workshop-Poughkeepsie

February 4, 2020
Poughkeepsie, NY

High Tunnel Tomato Production Farmer to Farmer Workshop-Saratoga

February 6, 2020
Saratoga Springs, NY

2020 Orange County Onion School

March 6, 2020
Pine Island, NY

Most Recent Sweet Potatoes Content

2019 Sweet Potato Variety, Slip Production, Slip Size Trials

Chuck Bornt, Team Leader, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: January 24, 2020
2019 Sweet Potato Variety, Slip Production, Slip Size Trials

Reports, charts, results and information from our 2019 sweet potato trials which included a variety trial, a slip production trial and a slip grading trial. These documents are in pdfs. 


Tips for Harvesting and Curing Sweet Potatoes

Chuck Bornt, Team Leader, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: September 12, 2019

The days are getting shorter and the days cooler and I've been getting some calls about harvesting sweet potatoes. This article will help you ensure you harvest the best quality sweet potatoes.


Considerations When Planting Sweet Potatoes

Chuck Bornt, Team Leader, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: May 24, 2018


More Sweet Potatoes Content

2018 Eastern New York Fruit & Vegetable Conference Vegetable Presentations
Winter Storage Keys to Success - Vegetable Crops
Responding to Hailstorms
Improving the Quality and Yield of Sweet Potatoes in New York: 2010 Results
Improving the Quality and Yield of Sweet Potatoes in New York: 2011 Results
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Precision Pruning for Apple Crop Load Management

January 30, 2020
Plattsburgh, NY

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February 4, 2020
Poughkeepsie, NY

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High Tunnel Tomato Production Farmer to Farmer Workshop-Saratoga

February 6, 2020
Saratoga Springs, NY

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Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

We have a Facebook Page here as well as an Instagram page. We keep these places updated with current projects, events, and other interesting articles and deadlines.

There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

The text alerts will be reserved for important crop alerts that could impact management decisions immediately. For instance, if there were an outbreak of Late Blight in the area, this would be transmitted to vegetable growers.

Farmers can choose the crop for which they wish to receive updates. Additionally they can request that Ag Business Alerts be sent to them. These alerts might include due dates for crop insurance deadlines, market opportunities etc.

If you have questions, please contact enychp@cornell.edu


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Climate Change Adaptations

September 30, 2019
In this episode regional vegetable specialist Elisabeth Hodgdon interviews University of Vermont PHD student Alissa White about a series of interviews with growers in the north east concerning climate change adaptations.

Listeners can access Alissa White’s climate change adaptation survey report and additional information on the project by clicking on the following link:

https://adaptationsurvey.wordpress.com/results/
Alissa’s project was sponsored by a Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant (GNE17-163).

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