Grant Doyle

Grant Doyle left the family farm in Auburn, P.E.I. for a few years to play baseball. It’s only fitting, then, that he would end up returning to home base.

Grant’s father, Jim, purchased the land in 1972. Since then, their farm has been home to soybean, corn, wheat, and barley crops along with a growing hog operation. Jim started putting Grant to work on the farm when he was 3 years old, and since then the two have been a force to be reckoned with. That is, other than the time Grant spent on the Vancouver coast knocking baseballs out of the park. Even though he had the opportunity to play semi-pro baseball, Grant was still drawn back to life on the farm.

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“I always enjoyed it,” Grant says, describing his farming career. “It’s fun to do; it’s a job that doesn’t feel like work.”

The pair have been growing soybeans for 25 years, and corn for 20. They’ve seen a lot over the years, from dry weather to disease pressure, but it’s only made them more motivated to push themselves and continue to expand.

To stay current with new hybrids, the Doyles have participated in the DEKALB® Yield Challenge in the past, where they won 3 out of 4 years with their corn crops. With pigs and cattle feeding on the farms corn and soybeans, the Doyles stand to gain a lot from anything that earns them a larger yield at harvest. The family opts for DKB06-61 and 25-10RY soybeans to help meet those needs.

“They’re an easy crop to sell too,” remarks Grant. “If I do my job in the summer, the yield potential is great.”

The family also counts on a few favourite corn hybrids, like DKC30-07RIB, DKC31-09RIB and DKC32-12RIB.

“We like the yields on these hybrids, and the standability and test weight are better compared to other hybrids we’ve tried,” explains Grant.

When it comes to choosing hybrids for their farm, Grant trusts his local DEKALB® Dealership, PEI Agromart, and representative Shawn Kerry, to offer support and advice through the year. That trust plays an important role when it comes time to book seed for the farm.

“Shawn lets me know how things are going and looking,” Grant says, “If I ever have a question and he doesn’t know the answer, I know that he’ll find out and get back to me.”

When harvest comes around near the end of October, the family – including Grant’s three children with wife, Alison; 15-year-old Molly, 11-year-old Jessica, and 9-year-old Ryan – get to work. Even though a lot of the land surrounding their operation is going up for sale, the plan is to keep the farm growing every year. As it turns out, farming – like baseball – can throw you a few curveballs along the way, but with a great team on your side, anything is possible.

Grant smiles. “It’s good to have a challenge.”

We thank Jim and Grant for choosing DEKALB® brand seed for their farm and wish their entire family & operation a safe and successful harvest this year and for many years to come. Check out the results of the Doyles and other farmer-managed Market Development trials on DEKALB.ca this fall.


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