Jody Dennis Black, Circle C Farm
Reducing Sweet Potato Harvest Losses
Grant Award: $8,000
Jody purchased a mechanical chain harvester (sweet potato digger) to replace the disc plow he is currently using. The new equipment will ahas allowed him to harvest 98% of his sweet potatoes, and without damaging them as they are harvested.
Jody estimated his new chain digger has cut his labor costs by 25-35%. 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.