It’s not often that we hear about first-generation farmers. It’s also rare to hear about someone picking up and moving provinces to begin to farm, but that’s what Steve Larocque did, moving from near Greely, Ontario, to eventually farm at Three Hills, Alberta.
Larocque isn’t just any grain farmer, either. Admittedly, he’s small scale and prefers it that way, as he’s also a busy agronomist and founder of Beyond Agronomy. The interest in staying small, he says, is about staying nimble and freeing up enough time in a season to run the research trials that are key to informing how he advises his agronomy clients.
There’s also something rather unique about Larocque’s farm: each field has set tram lines under a system called controlled traffic farming — something he converted the entire farm to nine growing seasons ago.
In episode 2 of Agronomy Geeks, we learn more about Larocque’s agronomy and farming philosophy, controlled traffic farming, and building resilient farm systems.
Missed episode 1 of the new Agronomy Geeks series? Listen to Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson discuss his mentors, how he honed his craft, and just where he gets that energy from, here.
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