Patrick & Lisa Murray

In the Murray family, the farming gene is early maturing. Earlene Murray recalls the day when her son, Patrick, then in second grade, told his teacher that he didn’t need to go to school and write his school report because he was going to be a farmer. “I was so proud” recalls Earlene. “He told us, all he wanted to do was farm.”

Now, Patrick is working his dream job on the Murray family farm. The farm grows a variety of crops including corn, barley, wheat, and processing potatoes.

“I just grew up doing it,” explained Patrick, the second generation of Murray farms, “I’ve been farming since I could walk. It’s what I know.”

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Corn is a long-standing crop that the Murray’s have been growing since 2008. Currently, they are growing DKC23-17RIB and DKC27-55RIB corn hybrids. The corn crops primarily feed their 1,200 sows. Some of the crop gets dried for storage, and the rest gets sold. They’ve also integrated soybeans on the farm for a second year to help break disease. They choose DEKALB® 25-10RY because it’s a consistent variety with nice yields. And Patrick said his fields are already looking cleaner compared to last year.

Like in most farm families, Patrick inherited his enthusiasm for farming from his father, Dale. Dale’s experience is one of the most valuable resources on their farm. Together, Patrick and Dale make decisions on the farm and consult with one another when choosing seed varieties.

“We have a great relationship,” Patrick says. Having witnessed the value of building something with your parents, it’s important to Patrick to keep the love of farming in the family. Together with his wife, Lisa, Patrick is raising his two daughters, Quinn and Reese, and his son, Hudson, to become the next generation of Murray farmers. Luckily for Patrick, all three kids have the same enthusiasm for agriculture their Dad did in second grade. A lot of it has to do with the family’s tractor.

“I want to be a girl farmer,” Quinn exclaims with a big grin. “I like tractoring!” “I want to be in the tractor when I grow up!” Hudson pipes in.

The kids don’t just get their excitement from their father’s side, either. Patrick met Lisa in AgBusiness School at Nova Scotia Ag College (now Dalhousie University), where they both graduated with Agricultural Business majors. She now works in the family farm’s office with Earlene. Like Patrick, Lisa can’t imagine doing anything else.

“It takes hard work and dedication,” Lisa explains. “There’s also a lot of flexibility, and I get to bring my kids to work a lot!”

When it’s harvest time, the entire Murray family comes together as a team to get the crops off. Lisa works delivery duty, carrying out meals or parts to her husband. Sometimes, she and Patrick will have the occasional “date night” in the tractor. The kids often make a surprise appearance on these dates, eager to see their Dad after his long hours out in the fields.

Patrick is keen to see what his corn and soybean crops will do this year. It takes a lot of teamwork to operate the Murray family farm, but Patrick wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Waking up every morning and knowing that you are going to be doing what you love makes it totally worth it.”

We thank the Murray family for choosing DEKALB® brand seed for their farm and wish them a safe and successful harvest this year and for many generations to come. Check out the results of farmer-managed DEKALB Market Development Trials on DEKALB.ca this fall. 


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