May 9, 2018

Farming a High Stress Game for Veteran Farmer

Having farmed for approximately 45 years now, Rick Backes has faced every challenge that farmers can face, from being forced to diversify his crop portfolio, to bad weather, to high costs of doing business, to unpredictable market conditions and more. And his most important advice to deal with work-related stress? “Go to the bar at … Continued

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March 16, 2018

How to Stay Grounded During Changing Market Conditions

This past year’s market access issues for Canadian pulse exports to India illustrate one of the biggest challenges for today’s farmers, says veteran farmer Alex Hamer. “There are just too many factors you don’t control when it comes to marketing,” he says. “You can make hundreds of thousands of dollars’ difference on the farm just … Continued

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January 31, 2018

Fourth-Generation Farmer Not Afraid to Get His Hands Dirty

As the co-owner of a 15,000-acre farming operation in Wessington, South Dakota, B.J. McNeil can often be found in his office making strategic plans for the farm. But like any good farmer, he’s no stranger to having his boots on the ground – even with six full-time employees. “Often when something breaks down I’m the … Continued

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October 11, 2017

Saskatchewan Farmer Loves Living Farm Legacy In Spite of Challenges

Dean Degelman’s farm in Odessa, a village in southeast Saskatchewan, has been in his family for six generations. And in today’s increasingly challenging climate for small farm businesses in Canada, he feels extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to become part of the family farm operations approximately 20 years ago. “Even when I started, … Continued

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August 22, 2016


According to the June 2016 publication from the Canadian Public Trust Research, only 29% of Canadian public surveyed believes Producers are good Stewards of the Environment. Dutch would like to counter that perception of our Canadian Producers.  It’s in that spirit, that we would like to introduce and showcase to you one of our many producers who put … Continued

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June 23, 2016


A new air drill is a big investment, whatever size your operation. Here are a few things to consider when making a decision about what openers will work best with your new unit. 1. Soil Type. Rocky soil? Choose a high wear vertical opener that will be able to withstand rough terrain. Wet conditions or gumbo? Consider … Continued

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