Sask. Outstanding Young Farmers named

Jennifer and Jordan Lindgren from Norquay. Sask., pose with their children, Alexis, left, Bristol, Jaxson and Westin, after being named the 2018 Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers.  |  Karen Briere photo

Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren believe in high-value agriculture 
by maximizing production on their land

A Norquay couple has been selected Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2018.

Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren operate 11,500 acres on fourth-generation Lindgren Farms in the east-central part of the province.

Field-scale trials are an important part of their operation. They took over the Field of Dreams project, with Prairie Soil Services, which is now in its 20th year.

“We strive on our farm to maximize production on the land that we have,” Jordan said during the award presentation at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina.

They test all types of products and practices to see what works for them. That includes both old and new technologies, he said.

This year marks the first without a swather on the farm.

“We’ve been straight-cutting canola for a few years now and this will be the first year we do every acre straight cut,” he said. “Last year was the first year that we started top dressing some wheat so we’re doing every acre of that this year as well, just to boost yield and protein and try to be able to manage that straw as well.”

They also do their part to educate the next generation as they have partnered with Agriculture in the Classroom and Saskatchewan Agriculture to host a Food Farm for students in Grades 3 and 4.

“We pride ourselves in wanting to teach the next generation about farming, the love of farming,” Jennifer said.

About 150 children will be back at the farm in the fall so they can harvest some of what they planted.

Above all, family is first, the couple said.

“With all the ups and downs in farming, family is the one constant. It’s the one thing that keeps us going,” said Jordan.

They have four children: Jaxson, Alexis, Westin and Bristol.

They also credit their good employees for helping them undertake the large amount of field trials.

Jordan said first-hand experience is the best teacher for what works on their farm.

Two other couples were also nominated this year.

Michael and Jessica Lovich of Lovholm Holsteins at Balgonie milk between 65 and 70 purebred Holsteins and are known for breeding championship cows.

Lee and Shannon Sluser from LS Sluser Farms Inc. at Glenavon farm about 17,000 acres, operate a horse-riding facility, and breed, train and sell dressage horses.

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