Spring seeding will have a whole new meaning to Dyrland Farms in Kyle, Saskatchewan, this growing season – after placing the highest bid for use of a new Quantum Air Drill at the Field of STARS event this past July.
Darcy Dyrland was one of 1,200 in attendance at the first-ever Field of STARS event held at the 2018 Ag in Motion. Morris Industries Ltd. initiated the idea with Ag in Motion along with Bayer Crop Science and dozens of other companies to create the sellout fundraising event to benefit STARS air ambulance – a vital service to the agriculture industry.
“We have always been a supporter of STARS and the important role they play for farmers like us in rural communities,” says Darcy Dyrland. “Being in a rural area we need to have good response times. We have had things happen in our community and close to us and have been lucky to have STARS support in more than a few incidents. We have also had a long-term relationship with Morris equipment as well, so being able to support STARS, give back to our community and to have this new Quantum in our fields this spring is a win-win.”
Darcy farms along with his family on their fourth generation century farm just west of Kyle, SK. The Dyrland family won the use of the new Quantum air drill, which was unveiled at the 2018 Farm Progress Show – with a winning bid of $150,000. Through Owens & Sweitzer, Dyrland Farms’ Morris dealer, the bid will be put towards the lease or purchase of a new Quantum.
“We were thrilled by the outpouring of support for the first ever Field of STARS event,” says Ben Voss, CEO, Morris Industries. “The event raised $530,000 for STARS and will go a long way to help continue to support farmers. We are proud to play a small part in that.” This year, Morris will once again support the Field of STARS event through sponsorship and contribution of exciting auction items. Tickets for the 2019 event on July 16 are available now.
The Quantum air drill, now available to farmers throughout Western Canada, is revolutionary, designed to take farming to the next level, with increased seeding efficiency, yield potential and equipment longevity.
“More than just a new model,” Voss says, “Quantum is a giant leap forward in agricultural innovation – and one of the biggest achievements in our 90-year history.”
The provincial government provides approximately 50 per cent of the funds needed to operate STARS in Saskatchewan. The remaining $10.5 million is raised annually by the STARS Foundation through individual, community and corporate donations as well as fundraisers and the STARS lottery. Find out more information here.
About Morris Industries Ltd.
Morris Industries Ltd. is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural farm equipment, headquartered in Saskatchewan, Canada. With a strong and committed workforce and management team, along with more than 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space in three facilities, Morris has a capacity to manufacture and export precision-farming equipment that is globally unique. For more information about Morris Industries Ltd., visit www.morris-industries.com