— Mississippi Sweet Potato Council Executive Director Benny Graves says last weekend’s annual Sweet Potato Festival in Vardaman was a reason to celebrate.

Graves tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo that the consumption of sweet potatoes has increased nationwide. Extension agent Trent Barnett says sweet potatoes have rebounded from a 2009 season with so much rain and wet and rotten potatoes.

Barnett says fair weather has allowed farmers to harvest all but 10 percent of the sweet potato crop. After some rain, Barnett says farmers will get back in the fields to get the rest.

Graves says overall the quality of the Mississippi sweet potatoes are the best it’s been in several years.

Graves says 60 percent of the potatoes will land on shelves in grocery stores.