Twelve years ago, Ryan Boyd faced a wreck that changed the way he farms today.
“I had big plans,” said Boyd, who farms with his wife and parents north of Brandon, Man. “We had a nice crop coming, and then the weather went against us and the markets dropped.
“The long and short of it was we had a bad year, and I figured we needed to make some changes if I was going to carve a living out on the farm.”
For Boyd, that meant shifting some of the practices on their 2,000-acre mixed farm to be more sustainable.
“We’re trying to practise what we would call regenerative agriculture — trying to build a profitable, resilient system that’s maintaining a good level of production while reducing the amount of inputs we’re relying on,” Boyd said while hosting a group of visiting farm journalists last month.