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Connie and Larry Gibb find success with canola

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With a beautiful view of Old Chief Mountain from their kitchen sink, it’s no wonder the Gibb farm has been in the family since 1912.
In 1987, Larry Gibb and his wife, Connie, took over the family farm that Larry grew up on. He has fond memories of his father, uncle, and grandfather working on the farm together.
“They were a great example for me. I really looked up to them, not only for financial and business reasons, but for their relationship and respect for each other as well,” explained Larry.
The Gibbs operate a calf/cow operation and a small feedlot in addition to growing canola, wheat, and barley.
They raised their five children on the family farm and now enjoy having their 18 grandchildren around the farm as well.
Larry was quick to speak up about his wife’s contribution to the operation.
“Connie has been a great support. She does a lot more than she lets on. She was the bookkeeper and helped out a lot at seeding and harvest.”
Connie quickly laughed, “But I’m retired now.”
Although canola is a huge part of their operation now, the Gibb’s relationship with canola had humble beginnings.
It started in the early 1980s. Larry explained that the support that is available now for canola farmers didn’t exist at that time. So, when their canola crop was overtaken by a mystery weed (that they later found out was Lamb’s Quarters), they shaved it down and didn’t think they would ever consider growing canola again.
That was until they were introduced to the Roundup Ready system. With the added control of that terrible weed that once ruined their entire crop, Larry said, “It changed everything.” To this day, they still choose to grow Genuity Roundup Ready canola.
When deciding which Genuity Roundup Ready canola hybrid to choose, Larry consults his local Dekalb territory account manager, Danielle MacCallum, for recommendations and looks at product performance data in trials near by. But in the end, like most farmers, he likes to try it out on his land first.
Larry has grown Dekalb 74-44 BL since it was launched in 2012 and has always been impressed by its yield performance.
So, when Danielle recommended trying Dekalb 75-45 RR and Dekalb 75-65 RR, Larry was skeptical — that was, until he saw the results.
“With the advancements now in plant research and breeding on early maturing canola hybrids, you don’t lose yield growing 75-45 RR. 75-45 RR actually yielded better than 74-44 BL on our farm.” Larry said.
Being so close to the mountains, they have a short season so the early maturity of 75-45 RR helps get their crop to harvest.
Larry is also trying out 75-65 RR again this year, and although his intentions aren’t to straight cut it, with the ability to delay swathing 75-65 RR, he thinks growing it along hybrids with different maturities will be a good way to manage harvest timing and spread out the risk that comes along with hot dry weather.
Larry joked that, “Mother Nature is our biggest competitor.”
Check out the results of farmer-managed Dekalb market development trials on www.dekalb.ca.

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