Showing posts from February, 2017

My Rumsey Soybean Presentation

I was asked to do a presentation for some local growers this winter. I presented this slide show and was very nervous to begin with as it was my first time ever doing anything like this but it did get easier as it went on when people started asking questions. I thought I would share this here so that others could see it and help me add important information or correct me if I've misspoken. This is just my own personal experience and I am in no way claiming to be an expert.

Slide 1: Growing soybeans in Central Alberta
  Hello everyone, I think I know most of you but my name is John Kowalchuk and I farm by Rumsey. If at any time you have a question please feel free to ask. Hopefully we will also have time at the end to go through any other questions as well. This is the first time I’ve talked about growing soybeans with more than 1 or 2 people at a time so bear with me

Slide 2: background
  First maybe a little background of what got me thinking of growing soybeans back 5 years ago.  …

Meeting in the Middle: Canada's Ag Day 2017

I've been invited to a night of food and discussions in Olds Alberta. The idea is to bring farmers and consumers together on February 16th, 2017. 150 people from all walks of life and with very differing backgrounds were asked to attend. We will be at a table together experiencing a meal made from some of our products and encouraged to start a dialogue about agriculture. I'm expecting some hard questions that evening and so that I feel better prepared I thought I'd go through some of the ones that I think may come up. So here's a few of the questions I would ask.

What made you want to be a farmer?

  This should be an easy one but to better understand the kind of person your talking to it's an important question. I grew up in the country 4 miles from the nearest small town.  My days as a child were spent out in the yard pretending to drive tractors or helping my dad with the cattle. I would ride to the field with my dad or brother and watch how things ran and oft…