DUNN, N.C. (WNCT) – With all the rain and flooding, many farmers had to halt their operations. Some just got back in the field on Saturday to assess the damage.
North Carolina is right in the middle of the sweet potato harvest and the state is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation. The North Carolina sweet potato commission said many roots that spent significant time underwater could begin to rot. The commission said farmers should focus on harvesting fields with good drainage.
Michael Gregory from Godwin Produce feels now is a great time to start pulling up the sweet potatoes before they can’t be used.
“You just see anything go bad, go to waste, and if you just let them sit here and rot, they all rot away and you ain’t got none. at least now if we can get some dug, we can get them somewhere,” said Gregory.
The Godwin Produce company said it’s crops were still covered that Wednesday, while potato pickers returned to the fields on Tthursday. They’re are rushing to get their produce out of the ground and into a warehouse in Dunn.