Jody Dennis Black, Circle C Farm
Reducing Sweet Potato Harvest Losses
Grant Award: $8,000
Jody plans to purchase a mechanical chain harvester (sweet potato digger) to replace the disc plow he is currently using. The new equipment will allow them to harvest 98% of their sweet potatoes and without damaging them as they are harvested.
Jody estimates the harvester will reduce his labor by 25% and will allow him to sell the 10% of sweet potatoes that would normally be damaged by the plow. With the increase in efficiency, Jody will be able to increase his income by growing more acres of sweet potatoes. The equipment also gives him an opportunity to diversify since it can be used for other root crops such as beets, garlic, turnips, and potatoes.