Holes In Sweet Potatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Brick, NJ
Question by bdccp
October 25, 1999
I grew and harvested large sweet potatoes. However, they all had many holes in them. Is it an insect problem, planting problem, soil problem, etc?

Answer from NGA
October 25, 1999


Several insects make holes in sweet potatoes. For example, wireworms and flea beetle larvae make small, shallow holes which enlarge or deepen as the potato grows, the sweet potato flea beetle larva makes narrow channels or grooves just under the skin and grubs gouge out broad, shallow areas. You might want to take a sample to your County Extension (349-1247) for a specific ifentification and the most up-to-date control recommendations.

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