I was raised in the city and am now married to the farm. By day I am a Marketing Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. In the evening I am a farm wife and mother.

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Women in Ag: Why Are Sweet Potato Beds Under Water?

Mother Nature dropped up to 10 inches of rain over parts of our state within a 36-hour period this week, causing creeks and rivers to overflow their banks. Many houses and fields along those waterways are now under water.

Sweet potatoes have been bedded in the field since the end of March. Every year, farmers bed “seed” sweet potatoes in the field. The seed potatoes will sprout, and those sprouts, or slips, will be cut and transplanted to the field in May and June. The sweet potatoes grown from those slips are harvested in the fall.  

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Women in Ag: Work First, Then the Playground

This past Sunday when I picked my oldest son up from his preschool-age class after church, the teacher pulled me aside.

“Your son made me so proud today,” she said.

These are words every mother loves to hear. I was curious about what he’d done in class to make her proud.

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Women in Ag: Making Sweet Potato Beds

Last week we experienced a first on our farm. We planted our first sweet potato beds.

Before we started growing sweet potatoes, I assumed they were planted like white potatoes.  Pieces of white potato are planted directly in the field. This method does not work for sweet potatoes.  Instead, vegetative cuttings are transplanted into the field.

Where do these cuttings, called sprouts or slips, come from?

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