Chipping potatoes starting to bloom

A farmer in the Missouri Bootheel says chipping potatoes are starting to bloom.

John Halverson with Black Gold Farms tells Brownfield it hasn’t been an easy spring with cool, wet conditions causing seed rot in a few acres of potatoes. But he says the situation is improving.

“The weather will warm up and that’s exactly what the crop needs: 80 degree days and sunshine. We’ll start harvest soon, around June 5 and it should wrap up at the end of July.”

Halverson says sweet potato planting will start in a few weeks.

“It will take a week to 10 days or two weeks to plant. We’d like to have a little bit of moisture and will start around the first week of June.”

He says the area received light rain on Friday, which should help advance any of the planted crops in the area.

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