Today’s RealAg LIVE! guest is Jim Hale, of Lancer, Sask.
If you wonder where the heck that is, we did too; so we googled it (it’s east of Leader, south of Eston, and west of Kyle, in the Brown soil zone area of Saskatchewan).
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- Beard game is strong
- A challenging year, but decent moisture, but there was some hail
- Jim grew green peas, large green lentils, canary seed, and malt barley
- Barley made malt! Mostly, and that’s always fun. Grew CDC Copeland
- Jim’s farm set up: mum is still around, but not as active in the day-to-day operating of the farm
- Challenges of working mostly alone. He’s been using cameras in strategic places to save steps
- Scaled back a few years ago, trying to get better before bigger, but it didn’t work super well
- Variable rate just doesn’t seem to have enough payback, but sectional control does
- He’s an operations guy, but he’s starting to enjoy the fixing stuff part
- Record keeping and organization
- Shelterbelts! Mr. Shelterbelt. He even adds them. He’s used to working around them. They trap snow, they break the wind. But they do catch weeds, too, and they do limit the big equipment
- Ah, kochia. Tumblin’ tumble weeds
- Where would you farm if not in Saskatchewan?
- DOT platform is neat because it reimagines what the tractor looks like
- He is interested in the autonomous advancements, for sure
- Variable rate has been the next best thing for fifteen years…
- What’s the bet with Shaun Haney? Babysitting!
- One time, there was an exploding beer can in Jim’s brand new Jeep (Lyndsey says she’s very sorry)
- Erinn (Jim’s wife!) joins the show! What has she learned in five years on the farm.