Larimore, North Dakota potato grower Carl Hoverson tested the Dakota Russet variety on his farm. There are benefits for contract growers who produce this variety. “If we produce a potato that doesn’t have sugar ends or has less bruising, all of those are added value to the farmer.” Hoverson grows potatoes for J.R. Simplot Company, who pushed the variety into McDonald’s. “Getting the McDonald’s approval took a long time, but it is the very best thing that could happen. For any processing company in the Midwest or Canadian processing plant this would be good. It’s a game changer for the Red River Valley.”
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