Potatoes are one of the most widely consumed foods in America and are a staple in the typical diet. In Arkansas, the climate is conducive to growing the vegetables.
Because potatoes are a cool-season crop, they can be among the first you set in the ground each spring. In southern Arkansas, plant potatoes in late February or mid-March, the University of Arkansas recommends. In northern regions of the state, you should plant potatoes between early March and early April.
Create seed pieces from whole potatoes for your potato plants. You can do this by cutting potatoes into pieces weighing between 1 oz. and 2 oz., the university extension reports. Make sure each seed piece has at least two or three eye buds.
Spacing and Depth
Seed pieces should be set 2 to 3 inches deep, the extension recommends. When planting multiple potatoes, plant them between 10 and 12 inches apart. Space your rows 2 to 3 feet apart.