R.D. Offutt Perham Farm hosts Argentinian farmers, scientists

25 Argentinian farmers and scientists recently visited a Perham farm.

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RDO Agronomist Mark Riepe, RDO Perham Farm Manager Pete Babler, and NDSU Andy Robinson discuss potato plants at Perham farm.
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PERHAM — On an educational tour of agriculture and academic institutions across the Midwest, 25 Argentinian farmers, agronomists, scientists, journalists, and industry members visited the R.D. Offutt Perham Farm, also known as RDO, on Thursday, June 17.

Together with Andy Robinson, North Dakota State University, and a University of Minnesota Extension agronomist and associate professor, RDO Farm Manager Pete Babler, and agronomists Mark Riepe and Nick David, hosted the group — trading information about farming practices and equipment.

“It was a wonderful experience to talk with farmers from across the world to compare notes on potato varieties, soil types, crop inputs, irrigation, and cover crops,” Babler said. “When you get farmers together, we can always find commonalities and never run out of things to discuss.”

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RDO Midwest Agronomist Nick David shows an Umatilla potato plant to Argentinian farmer Gaston Viani and Dr. Cristina Palacio from the National University of Northwestern Buenos Aires.
Contributed / R.D. Offutt Company

The tour was coordinated by Gary Secor from NDSU’s College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources.

“My friend and colleague, Dr. Cristina Palacio, from the National University of Northwestern Buenos Aires, contacted me about hosting a tour group to learn more about American agriculture and educational programs,” Secor said. “We were pleased to coordinate the tour at RDO Farms, which has long been a partner of NDSU.”

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