Problem with sweet potatoes

Asked June 3, 2015, 7:32 PM EDT

Why do my sweet potatoes have these holes? What can i do about it? they were only recently planted ( 1 week ago) in a raised bed. Do you have any advice to increase my production this season?

Queen Anne's County Maryland

1 Response

This appears to be damage done the the golden tortoise beetle, a common pest on sweet potato.they will attack newly planted slips shortly after they are planted. The plant will recover on its own, no treatment is needed.