“Having clean healthy plants and seed has increased yield and pack-out for us and our customers. The clean seed program is a MUST HAVE for us to produce high quality and yield, to supply the growing demand for healthy great sweetpotatoes.” Jim Jones – Jones Family Farms – North Carolina.
“In 2016, we grew foundation and older sweetpotatoes next to one another in the same field. The foundation sweetpotatoes yielded 100 bushels per acre more in the same field.”
Wade Fleming, sweetpotato producer, Calhoun County, Mississippi.
“Garber Farms grows over 1,000 acres of sweetpotatoes annually. Our average yields over the past 10 years has steadily increased to around 675 bushels per acre. The Foundation seed program provided by LSU AgCenter has been the core input of our production practices. Its ability to provide Garber Farms with a viral and disease free, “clean plant” product has allowed our transplants to have the potential to produce higher yields. The future of our sweet potato industry is directly dependent on the continuation of LSU’s Clean Plant Program.” Matthew Garber, Sweetpotato grower, Garber Farms, LA
“The cleaner the seed, the less virus you’ll have, and the more saleable product you’ll have.” Matt Alvernaz, sweetpotato grower, Merced County, California.
“Clean seed improves yield, quality, shelf life, and packout efficiency of our sweetpotatoes. Yield is 10-20% better with clean seed. Quality makes the produce buyer’s business more efficient and pleases their consumers. Sweetpotatoes harvested from clean seed last longer in storage bins. Clean seed sweetpotatoes require less labor to pack. With clean seed we have first class yields; no excuse, top quality; good shelf life; and a smooth packing operation.” Duane Hutton, sweetpotato packing shed manager, Livingston CA.