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New sweet potato variety could help Nova Scotia farm access lucrative market

July 10, 2019
By The Vanguard


A newly developed variety is presenting an opportunity for the biggest sweet potato farm east of Ontario to finally tap into the lucrative Thanksgiving market.

Philip and Katie Keddy of Lakeville, N.S., are among the first farmers in the country trying out a new, Canadian-developed variety of sweet potato called Radiance. Developed by Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Radiance has been bred specifically for Canada’s unique weather conditions.

The Keddys have traditionally grown a sweet potato variety from North Carolina called Covington that is better suited to warmer climates and longer growing seasons. Covington requires a 120-day growing season, but Radiance matures two to three weeks earlier. | READ MORE

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