Oversold tech, bad hail, shelterbelts, and babysitting bets — LIVE! with Farmer Jim Hale


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.

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