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Growing soybeans in Brazil

Toban Dyck had a glimpse of South American ag in a whirlwind trip to Brazil

At the end of August my wife and I traveled to Brazil for the International Pork and Poultry conference. I assumed the soybean plants in Brazil grow six-feet tall and that farmers there expect yields close to 80 bushels per acre. I expected to see lush growth, and an insatiable appetite for clear cutting the […] Read more

The way they farm on a different continent

Toban Dyck takes an opportunity to travel south to an ag conference in Brazil

On May 30 of this year, Carlos Vieira contacted me. I didn’t know him then and I almost turned him away. But I didn’t. Call it serendipity. Call it providence. I don’t really care what you call it. The result was an amazing experience my wife and I won’t soon forget. I don’t know why […] Read more

Keeping the rural identity in prairie towns

When Prairie towns grow and change, some may shed their farming roots

It’s strange to think of cities, towns or villages as having an identity. But they all do. And every community, growing or stagnant or dwindling will at many points throughout its run be faced with the existential and difficult question: who am I? This is especially relevant for the large swath of rural Canadian communities […] Read more

“One more” detail of farming: the yard

Long-time farmers take farmyards for granted, but looking after a farmstead is a big job

I am a farmer. Most likely you are, too. This means more on some days than others. Today, it means that frost boil at the mouth of our carport needs to be dealt with. Tomorrow, who knows. On the farm right now, I think about the future. About what looms. I look up through the […] Read more

Harvesting of soybean field with combine

Seeding ideas about the rural/urban divide

A farmers musings on the growing lack of communication between city-dwellers and farmers

I got some grease on me the other day. Heck. It looked as if I had bathed in the stuff. And, you know what? It felt great. I even got a few scrapes. The kind of scrapes you only notice later, after the work, when you’re sitting down with a good book or while watching […] Read more

Putting in those long spring working days

When there are clouds in the sky, there’s no time to waste when the crop’s not in yet

I had about 50 acres left to seed at 10 p.m. on May 15. The forecast was calling for rain starting at about midnight. But that was for Winkler. I wasn’t near Winkler. I was closer to the system that was rolling east. I didn’t think I’d be able to finish. The system was above […] Read more

Taking that big leap to “landowner”

Choosing to buy land is a big decision. Especially when it’s your first land purchase

It was just a text. The setting wasn’t formal. There were no lawyers present. We were in Arizona. The sun was shining. A pot of coffee had just been brewed. My wife, Jamie, was sitting outside reading. I was about to join her. But it was closing in on the eleventh hour and our final […] Read more

To buy or not to buy? The land dilemma

Toban and Jamie Dyck are deciding whether or not to purchase farmland

Fatigue. It’s on my mind. It’s the end of March. The snow is beginning to melt. Seeding is around the corner, and I’m struggling to find time. But, that said, it’s exciting to daydream and fast-forward a month from now when full days will be spent outside working, prepping, planting. I’m sure you’re thinking the […] Read more

Monitoring the mainstream media

When city newspapers get ag information wrong, it causes a problem for all of us

Real estate, housing prices, parking, city planning — these kinds of headlines litter my mainstream newsfeeds. Then, out of the blue, a national outlet runs a negative story on GMOs or hormones in beef, or agricultural byproducts contaminating a water or food source. My ag news feed is very different. Its writers know the industry, […] Read more

The power of saying yes to opportunities

Agreeing to try something new, just saying “yes” can bring many benefits — personal and professional

In March of 2016, I said yes to something I knew very little about, something that would take me off the farm. I was reticent at first. I wanted to remain committed to the farm, and I did not want my working away from the yard leave more work for others. I’ve been at Manitoba […] Read more