Saskatchewan's Outstanding Young Farmers focus on family, field trials, and community

Each year at Canada’s Farm Progress Show, Saskatchewan’s newest Outstanding Young Farmers are chosen. This year’s honourees are Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren.

The Lindgrens farm at Norquay, in the northeast part of the province. Jordan grew up there and always knew he wanted to farm. Jennifer grew up on a mixed farm at Whishart and was her dad’s “right hand gal,” doing a little bit of everything from driving the combine, to bringing meals to the field.

They started out by farming with Jordan’s father and uncle, eventually buying out these two partners and farming on their own.

They are very keen to have field trials in their area so they can evaluate products locally. Jordan grew up going to the Field of Dreams, and when the project needed a new home, the Lindgrens became the hosts. Jordan justifies the amount of effort that goes into the project, because it provides knowledge that they can build on to be more competitive and sustainable for their kids’ future.

There are a couple of examples of changes they have made because of the research they have done. One is that they will not be swathing a single acre of canola this year. Everything will be straight combined. They will be top-dressing their wheat to increase yield and protein without increasing straw, as well.

The Lindgrens also invite people out to the farm to experience farm life. This is a draw on their time and resources, but they have a passion for what they do and they are hoping that other children and adults can experience the farm and share some of the passion that they have. Jordan says “People want to see where their food comes from and what they see on TV may not be what is happening in the world.”

Lindgrens will compete at the national Outstanding Young Farmer event in Winnipeg this November.

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