The top two varieties recommended for our area are Beauregard B-63 and Evangeline.

As a service to the residents of Louisiana, the LSU AgCenter’s Sweet Potato Research Station produces foundation sweet potato seed annually. These seed potatoes are to be bedded in the row to produce “slips” or cuttings, which are then transplanted to the field to produce the crop. Eight varieties are available for purchase; however, some have limited availability. All varieties are certified to be free of viruses. The varieties available are Beauregard B-63, Beauregard B-14, Evangeline, Porto Rico, Texas Porto Rico, O’ Henry, Jewel, and Heart of Gold.

The top two varieties recommended for our area are Beauregard B-63 and Evangeline. A description and picture of each variety can be found at:

www.lsuagcenter.com/portals/our_offices/research_stations/sweetpotato/features/varieties.

The cost of a 40 pound box of seed potatoes is $18.50 for Beauregard (B-63 and B-14) and Evangeline; and $25.00 for all other varieties. Please contact the Ascension Parish Extension Office at 225-621-5799 to order by 12:00 noon, January 25, 2018. Potatoes will be ready for pick up in mid-March.

Contributed by LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Service, Ascension Parish Office