Environmental Best Management Practices for Sweet Potato Cultivation

Ronald Levy  |  3/6/2018 8:39:57 PM

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Sweet potatoes are an important agricultural commodity in Louisiana. The total acreage planted in 2011 was approximately 13,000 acres, and most sweet potatoes are grown in nine parishes: West Carroll, Morehouse, Franklin, Avoyelles, St. Landry, Evangeline, Acadia, Rapides, and Richland.

Sweet potatoes are the single most important vegetable crop in Louisiana in terms of acreage planted and economic value.

The runoff from sweet potato fields potentially can have effects on the surface water quality throughout the regions where sweet potatoes are grown. The quality of water in the streams, rivers, bayous, lakes and coastal areas of Louisiana is extremely important to all residents.

The intent of best management practices, otherwise known as BMPs, is to provide the growers of sweet potatoes with some guidelines on what practices they can implement to reduce the effects these agricultural practices may have on the environment. If properly implemented, with appropriate incentives, where needed, the practices described in this publication will help to improve water quality without placing unreasonable burdens on the agricultural industry of Louisiana.

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