Southern Mississippi River Basin

Watch & Experience

About the region

As the mighty Mississippi River travels south, it nourishes sweet potatoes growing on the broad plains of the Southern Mississippi River Basin*. The long, humid summers in Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana give the roots a full six months to grow before harvest, and years of flooding have enriched the deep, fertile soil with all the nutrients a sweet potato could want.

*Sweet potatoes may be sourced from other states/locations due to supply constraints

Meet the farmers

Learn about some of our farming partners.

Joe Edmondson – Topashaw Farms

Joe Edmondson

Topashaw Farms – Vardaman, MS

When it comes to his sweet potatoes, Joe is focused on understanding the land. The Southern Mississippi River Basin has everything a sweet potato needs – long humid days, a long growing season and rich, fertile soil from the Mississippi floods. "We're on one of the best spots for sweet potatoes in the area," says Joe. "When you've worked with potatoes as long as I have, you know when the land is good and healthy, just by looking at it." Joe is determined to pass down these instincts to the next generation. "I told the kids, 'Never try to be the biggest, but always try to be the best.'"

Todd O'Neal – Black Gold Farms

Todd O'Neal

Black Gold Farms – Delhi, LA

Todd wants his own two kids to grow up to be farmers too. "It's not about the money – you have a good quality of life with your family. It's farming, what's not to love?"

Potatoes by the numbers

  • 42,400 acres

    Sweet potato crop acres in the Southern Mississippi River Basin

  • 13,750 lbs

    Average potato yield per acre

  • 14,600,000 lbs

    Weight of Eiffel Tower

  • 583,000,000 lbs

    Pounds of sweet potatoes grown annually


  • 29

    That’s the weight of almost 29 Eiffel Towers!

All figures are approximate and are intended to reflect industry-wide grower production in region.

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*"Emerging Faith in Food Production," Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink, 2014