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Outstanding Young Farmers 2019 Winners

The two regional winners awarded with national recognition at the Outstanding Young Farmers 2019 annual event represent a variety of sectors in agriculture – from grain farming to dairy production, from beef cattle to forages and pedigreed seed. Both representatives focus on business excellence, environmental stewardship and on being active participants in the communities in which they live and work. …

Luanne & Philip Lynn

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Advocate for Agriculture

As an Outstanding Young Farmer alumnus, Luanne Lynn knows what it’s like to prepare for the upcoming National Recognition event. Fourteen years ago, as the Regional representatives from Ontario, Lynn and her husband told the story of their feedlot and crop operation to a judging panel at the event in Halifax. They’ve continued sharing their story with young farmers across …

Alberta/NWT - Outstanding Young Farmers - 2019

3-In-1 Business Model Leads To Farmers’ Success

Kirriemuir, Alberta farmers Dallas Vert and Natasha Pospisil understand the meaning of diversification. They have built their business not just on diversification of their crop, but they have also diversified their farm operation into three parts in order to spread their business risk, their time and their resources. Their success in doing so was recognized this year when they were …

A drone helicopter flying over a digitized farm field representing data collection

The Risks and Rewards of Big Data

When it comes to modern farming, is there such a thing as too much information? The amount of data available to farmers today offers growers access to detail that is both small scale and big picture so they can adjust most of all aspects of growing, producing and selling agricultural products. “Big data” is the term given for information gathered …

Women In Ag: Changing The Face Of Farming

Based on the 2016 agriculture census from Stats Canada, the proportion of female farmers is increasing even as the total number of farm operators decreases. In fact, women make up 28.7% of the 272,000 farmers in the country. Yet while more women are working hard on the land, sometimes they also have to work equally as hard to dispel public …

Succession Planning: Know the Pitfalls

With as much as we hear these days about the importance of farm succession planning, you’d think that every Canadian farm would have a plan in place. The shocking truth is that the vast majority do not. According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Agriculture Census, only 8.4 percent of Canadian farms have a written succession plan. BDO Canada notes only …

Navigating An Unpredictable Commodity Market This Year – What You Need to Know

There are a lot of factors influencing the global commodity markets these days. Between Trump politics, NAFTA negotiations, market access issues in India, uncertainties with Chinese trade tariffs and the usual concerns about weather, farmers might be feeling a little overwhelmed when considering their marketing plans this year. “The political environment today is as kooky as it’s ever been,” says …

Doing More For Mental Health: New organization helps farmers take care of their mental well-being

In 2017, something big happened in the area of mental health for Canadian farmers: people started talking about it. And one of the instigating factors behind it was that Kim Keller got pissed off. Keller, a farmer and advocate, had been trying to raise awareness on the topic of farmers’ mental health for many years. She became frustrated one day …

Shipping Grain? Bill C-49 Amendments Seek To Improve Canadian Rail Service For Farmers

For the past five years, we’ve been hearing about how shortcomings in the grain transportation system have restricted the movement of Western Canadian crops. Some good news on the topic came in late May with the passage of Bill C-49, federal legislation that seeks to amend the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) through several provisions aiming to improve grain transportation services. …

Producers gathered around at Dutch's Farm Progress booth.

Why We Attend Canada’s Farm Progress Show

It’s one of our most important agricultural shows of the year and also one of the largest in western Canada. Canada’s Farm Progress Show draws in exhibitors from across the prairie provinces to put on one of the largest shows in the agricultural industry, bringing together the most innovative technology and knowledgeable ag leaders. This year marks Dutch Opener’s 32nd …

“ENTER TO WIN” CONTEST WINNER

Dutch Industries is pleased to announce that the winner of the “Enter to Win” contest is John Mandel. John farms in the Acadia Valley area of Alberta and takes home the grand prize of $10,000 of Dutch Openers product. Congratulations John, we look forward to providing you with your next set of Dutch Openers. We appreciate your continued support, and …

MARKETING YOUR CROP 101 – THE FIVE P’S

With today’s global markets and open commodity trading, there has been a shift in the way producers can market and sell their crops. Savvy producers are savvy business people, with a good understanding of marketing. A good marketing strategy takes planning, preparation and an understanding of available marketing tools. There are five levers of marketing – the five “P’s”: Product, …

A CALL TO ACTION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: AMERICA’S SOIL IS DISAPPEARING

Soil plays critical roles in food security, climate mitigation, ecosystem function, and buffering against extreme weather events.  Although it is essential for the stability of the planet, soil is disappearing at an alarming rate. In the United States, estimates are that soil on cultivated cropland is eroding at an average rate of 5.2 tons per acre per year, while the …

TIRE DIFFERENCES CAN HAVE A DEEP IMPACT

How often do you check to make sure tire air pressure is appropriate for the tire type and conditions? Higher inflation can increase compaction and reduce soil productivity, as was demonstrated at the Ag in Motion show at Langham, Sask. this week. As Michelin’s Mike Pantaleo explains in this video, they dug two soil pits, filled them with layers of lime and screened …

WILD POLLINATORS EARNING THEIR KEEP ON THE FARM

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORGINALLY POSTED ON AGCANADA.COM. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. It’s crop-planning season and that means it’s a good time for making plans to create a wild pollinator habitat near your crops. Having a strong pollinator population can offer a benefit to crops, said Mark Wonneck, an ecologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Calgary. Bees are an important …

SPRAYING WITH UAVS NO LONGER A FUTURISTIC DREAM

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORGINALLY POSTED ON REALAGRICULTURE.COM. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. The day when unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used for spraying fields in North America could be here sooner than we expect. In fact, for small acres, that day may have already arrived. Several spraying units made by a Swift Current-based RotorSpray attracted plenty of attention at Farm Forum in Saskatoon …

CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD PASSES ON FARMERS OF NORTH AMERICA’S PROPOSAL

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORGINALLY POSTED ON AGCANANDA.COM. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. Ag input buying group Farmers of North America (FNA) says its proposal to buy the grain firm formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board has been rebuffed. Saskatoon-based FNA said Monday its proposal — which called for CWB’s assets to become part of an farmer-owned grain handling and fertilizer …

DUTCH’S RECOMMENDED READS: MAY 2014

These are the top three Dutch recommend articles we think would be of interest to you from the month of April. We will continue to provide you with information intended to keep you informed about the latest news and trends in the industry. Prairie fertilizer supplies getting even more scare. Below-average temperatures to continue across Prairies. Rise in farmland values …

TAKING THE GUESS WORK OUT OF FARMLAND PURCHASES

We all know that there is a good time to buy and a less than ideal time to buy, this article will help you to better understand the timing of your decision on when to purchase and when to potentially stand back from this decision, price bubbles can exist everywhere, the stock market, home values, grain prices etc and farmland …