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a sketch penned on a napkin, a
flash of brilliant inspiration while driving home,
or perhaps observing a simple process in action
that serves as a catalyst for a sudden idea that
leads to a game-changing invention. Oftentimes
inventions are borne out of these types of
first-hand experiences and a deep desire by
creative-minded individuals who are driven to
making their work environment as efficient as
possible. Such is the case for a southern Ontario
hog producer and cash cropper named Jake
Kraayenbrink, who along with other farmers has
had to deal with the scourge of soil compac-
tion the entire time he’s worked in agriculture. It
would appear he and a team of experts around
him are well on the way to solving a major prob-
lem for all farmers alike.
A life-long farmer, Kraayenbrink is the oldest
of five children of parents who emigrated from
Holland. The family settled on a farm in Port
Lambton, Ontario along the St. Clair River, which
separates Canada and the U.S. state of Michigan.
In 1987, Kraayenbrink married his wife Betty from
Aylmer, Ontario and in the following year they
purchased a 100-acre hog farm near Moorefield,
Ontario, about 55km northwest of Guelph. In
2003, he expanded his farm holdings and also
became quite involved in doing test work with
the University of Guelph and government agri-
cultural ministry workers on the value of manure
and soil health.
As noted, a major concern with farmers
around the globe centres squarely on soil
compaction. Nowadays, as farm tractors and
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