(1) Nash (2) Sampson (3) Johnston (4) Wilson  (5) Edgecombe (6) Wayne (7) Columbus         (8) Greene (9) Cumberland (10) Duplin

Since 1971, North Carolina has ranked as the No. 1 sweet potato producing state in the U.S. Its hot, moist climate and rich, fertile soil are ideal for cultivating sweet potatoes, averaging at nearly 50% of the U.S. supply. According to the USDA, North Carolina harvested nearly 50,000 acres of sweet potatoes in 2010, the same amount produced by California, Louisiana and Mississippi combined – also top producing states. The graphic shows the top sweet potato producing North Carolina counties, with Sampson, Johnston, Wilson and  Nash accounting for about half of the state’s supply.

Sweet potato per capita

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