J. Uken

By Anthony Zilis azilis@news-gazette.com

The 275 sweet-potato plants she planted last year grew and grew, blanketing the barnyard the Mahomet-Seymour junior borrowed for the season to use as her field. Every so often, a potato would peek up from the soil to give her an idea of what was to come when it came time to harvest, but the mystery adds intrigue to planting a crop that grows under the ground.

“I would say it’s a lot more exciting harvesting sweet potatoes” than corn, she said, “because it’s a little bit of a mystery what’s going to come up on each plant and how big they’re going to be.”

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