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US: Creating new potato varieties starts with research

Local farmers are trying to breed a new potato, specific to the Red River Valley. They gathered at Hoverson Farms in Larimore to compare research. To keep up with the competition across the country, farmers said they want to find new potatoes that work well in the Red River Valley. “They’ll use that for either a release or they’ll use it for breeding to make other, you know cross them, but that’s what we’re looking for is to get a variety like that,” said Carl Hoverson, owner of Hoverson Farms. Farmers today compared several of, what they call, trial potatoes. “Today we are focusing on processing potatoes that are grown under irrigation both those for frozen processing, which would include French fries, but also those for the chip processing market,” said Susie Thompson, Potato Breeder and NDSU Associate Professor. More