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Arkansas Sweet Potato Grower/Shipper Increases Acreage for Upcoming Season

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Matthews Ridgeview Farms of Wynne, AR in the northeast part of the state is that state’s largest grower/shipper of sweet potatoes, and the company is expanding acreage again this year.

New crop harvest usually starts in September with the predominately grown beauregard variety.

The grower/shipper has plans to continue increasing acreage and production in coming years. Shipments mostly go to retailers, wholesalers and some foodservice operations.

The company packs about 1 million cartons of sweet potatoes sourced from several thousand acres annually.

Matthews continues to ship the 2021 crop, and the 2022 crop looks favorable. The company offers organic sweet potatoes, which now account for less than 10% of the marketer’s total sweet potato volume.

Organics continue to increase as has been the case sine the operation began growing organics.

Peebles Organic of Augusta, AR., is a USDA-certified organic vegetable operation that farms about 2,000 acres of organic sweet potatoes, organic edamame (immature soybeans) and watermelons. The company ships to other produce shippers, processors and retail customers.

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NC Vegetables; Arkansas Tomato Shipments are Coming

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DSCN7311As we approach summer vegetables shipments have started from North Carolina.  Meanwhile, Arkansas tomato shipments are coming soon, plus a glimpse at that state’s sweet potatoes.

North Carolina vegetable shipments are starting towards the end of May or early June.  Both squash and cucumbers will get underway about a week to 10 days later than usual.  Pepper loadings will have a more start, around June 25.  Onion movement als should be on time, with a late June or early July start.

Cabbage shipments from the Faison, N.C., are will get underway in late May, with other regions of the state beginning in the first week of June.  Cabbage acreage in North Carolina is estimated in the 8,000-9,000 range, which would be down a bit.

Romaine lettuce loadings started in early May and the season is just being completed.

Arkansas Tomato Shipments

Strong volumes with Arkansas tomatoes will occur in early June, originating from the Hermitage, and Hamburg, Ark areas in the Southeastern part of the state.  Shipments will continue for about six weeks.  Arkansas tomato shipments are expected to be best the state has had in several years.   Shipments  could be up 15 to 20 percent.  While vine ripe tomatoes provide most of the volume, there also are significant amounts of roma and grape tomatoes.

Distribution range for Arkansas tomatoes has increased over time.  Loadings are destined for surrounding states, and as far as eastern Pennsylvania and throughout the Midwest.

Arkansas Sweet Potato Shipments

Arkansas may not be known for sweet potato production, but there is at least one large shipper in the Northeastern part of the state, Matthews Ridgeview Farms at Wynne, Ark.    Plantings are underway, with the first loadings taking place in September.  Shipments cover much of the Midwest and some Canadian markets.  Only a small shipping gap is expected between the 2015-16 crop that will be winding down in  a couple of months or so, and the new crop kicking off in September.

The leading sweet potato shipping states are North Carolina, California, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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