Lessons from a decade of field-day hosting


Each summer, field days are held all over the agriculture areas of Canada. They provide real insight and hands-on learning for growers under local conditions.

Recently, Sure Growth Technologies hosted its annual field day on the Aberhart farm, just north of Marchwell, on the Saskatchewan side of the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border. The local joke is that if you go north, past the correction line, you end up east, in Manitoba. (If need be you can ask an old person to explain it to you).

The point is, every field day is unique, and they are great opportunities to find out what works, agronomically speaking, in your area.

Dale Leftwich, field editor for RealAgriculture had an opportunity to attend the Sure Growth field day where he had a chat with Terry Aberhart about why they put so much effort into one event.

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Like many people in agriculture, Aberhart has a real passion for learning as well as farming. He says, “This is one of the days that I really look forward to, through out the year. It is one of my favourite days of the year.”

Aberhart wants everyone who comes to their field day to feel it’s an opportunity to make their farm business better. “Typically everyone is trying to sell you something. We come at it as, we try to provide the right advice for the right scenario. Every farm is different but because we farm ourselves as well, I think we really look at things, (in the sense of) what makes sense to the farmer and what are the things that we think we should be looking at to try to help to move forward your business and become more profitable and more sustainable,” he says.

There are all kinds of field days put on each summer. Farmer-led regional research councils, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, farm supply companies, independent crop advisors and commodity groups all put on events to help farmers increase their knowledge. If you get a chance, attend an event in your area, or go further afield. Because, as Aberhart says about agronomy and growing crops, “It’s a complicated puzzle and there is no one perfect answer.”

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