S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 POTATO GROWER 5 harvest, but after last year growers are being careful what they wish for! One potato marketer in the Valley told me that he tends to forget the details of the bad years but the good years are much easier to recall citing the 2008 crop, one that Red River Valley growers wouldn’t mind see- ing a repeat of in 2017. New Ownership at One RRV Packing Shed - The Northern Valley Growers fresh potato wash plant in Hoople, North Dakota has changed hands and will be known as H&S FreshPak. The wash plant formerly owned by a small group of growers in the northern Red River Valley was sold to two well estab- lished potato growing and shipping operations nearby. O.C Schulz & Sons from Crystal, North Dakota and J.G. Halls & Sons from Hoople and Edinburg, North Dakota part- nered to buy the plant earlier this summer. The management and workforce at the plant have been retained but potatoes will be marketed through NoKota Packers in Buxton. Crews have been busy since early summer making improvements to the facili- ty in preparation for the 2017 crop. Hammer-Lok Steel Building Systems | 44434 Harvest Ave. • Perham, MN 56573 | 1-844-203-4565 | www.hammer-lok.com Full service Design Build General Contractor for all your produce storage needs. Red River Valley fresh market growers are hoping for a year similar to 2008 when quality and yields were extraordinary. This 2008 photo taken at Associated Potato Growers in Grand Forks shows off the quality of that crop.