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Sweet potato damage hit or miss, tomato supply not affected

Hurricane Florence had a hug effect on the people of North and South Carolina but when it came to any damage to the tomato crops in the surrounding states there doesn’t seem to be anything major to report. Sweet potato growers will be hit and miss on who saw real damage.


Tomatoes are currently coming from a few different growing locations in the southeast; mainly the eastern shore of Virginia, eastern end of Tennessee and Chandler Mountain area of Alabama. All of these areas managed to avoid any serious rain that would damage crops.

It might be time for anyone who might have been speculating on the market to move product. 

Based on information from NOAA it appears the total weekend rainfall ranges from around six inches to more than 15 inches throughout the main sweet potato-growing regions. If you deal in this commodity the best bet is to check with your supplier, if you haven’t already.

Around the rest of the country things seem to be quiet and normal for this time of year.

There are currently no other pending weather disturbances currently in the Atlantic Ocean that could lead to a hurricane.

The Weathermelon app offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)