Tag: Jim Hale

TechTour: Extra sets of eyes on machinery improve efficiency

For farmers with plenty of help, it’s the eyes and ears of others around the farm that help with spotting, moving, or monitoring equipment. For farmers like Jim Hale, from Lancer, Sask., cameras installed on some of his machinery have replaced some of that help. A cereal, pulse, and oilseed farmer, Hale runs his farm operation on his… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires, Ep 14: Tips for Buying New (to You?) Seeding Equipment

When you look to purchase a new piece of seeding equipment what are your priorities? Is it size, colour, or what is the newest flashiest tech in the marketplace? Do you shop new and used or only one or the other? There are many things to consider. Kickin’ Tires co-hosts Jim Hale and Shaun Haney… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires—Ep 13: Considering Row Width Options on a New Seed Drill

When you’re on the hunt for that new seed drill one of the major consideration is row width configurations. There continues to be an influx of European thought on cereal production with the push to run sub-7.5 inch row widths. Some would argue that Ontario growers have gone narrower at a faster rate than Western… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires – Ep11 — How Does Your Combine Measure Up?

The ability to collect machine data wirelessly from farms across Canada is starting to yield practical information that can help farmers become more efficient — evidence that takes colour out of the equation to answer questions like “what’s the optimal engine speed of my model XYZ combine during harvest?” or “should I use a fuel conditioner in my combine?”. There’s… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 10: Making Farm Safety a Priority

Over 100 adults and children are lost to agricultural fatalities on an average year in Canada. And though that number has started to drop in recent years, there is still much to be done to promote farm safety, particularly around machinery. Check Out All Our Kickin’ Tires Podcast Episodes In this episode of Kickin Tires, special… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 9: Auction Sale Psychology, Speedy Tractors and Distracted Driving

Farm auction season is winding down, but not before things get really heated — there are certainly no shortage of sales to attend, but hot deals have been in short supply. That phenomenon has inspired this latest Kickin’ Tires podcast with co-hosts Shaun Haney and Jim Hale. That’s right, we’re talking online vs. in-person and… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 7: Tech Training, A Lost Coat and Who Makes the Best Equipment Salesperson

Who makes the best equipment salesperson — a former mechanic? How great is your local equipment dealer at trouble-shooting all the new tech and equipment in the tractor and combine cab? For this very special FarmTech edition of the Kickin’ Tires podcast, co-hosts Shaun Haney and Jim Hale are joined by spray application specialist and… Read more »

FarmTech 2015 in Pictures

It was a hectic week at FarmTech, with the RealAg crew filming all kinds of video for “Behind the Scenes” summaries of how an audio-visual crew sets up for an event of that calibre, and how the chefs manage to feed over 1700 people every day (stay tuned). As I was behind the camera for a lot… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 6: Old Wives’ Tales, Stanley’s Cup & The Rise of Robotics

What’s the Old Wives’ Tale regarding fog? Or is it hoarfrost? Does it matter? That’s the burning issue co-hosts Shaun Haney and Jim Hale kick off this edition of the Kickin’ Tires podcast with, but don’t worry, they get into some much more machinery-related discussions after that. From what the used combine market may look… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 5: Dealer Consolidation, Who Owns Data, Harvest Fires & Buried Axles

Your Kickin’ Tires hosts Shaun Haney and Jim Hale have licked their wounds and tended to their bruised egos, after being bumped last episode, and are back with a harvest-themed podcast sure to delight. From combine fires and stuck trucks, to power line safety, to the pros and cons of dealer consolidation, Shaun and Jim… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 3: The Value of Cab Comfort

The evolution of farm machinery has occurred incredibly fast, with the first engine-powered tractors showing up in the mid 1800s. Driven by steam engines, these tractors were loud and, compared to today’s standards, far from comfortable. In the late 19th century, the first gasoline-powered tractor was built, no doubt impressing the farming community. Today, machinery… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 2: Big Seeding Innovations at Canada’s Farm Progress Show

One of the coolest things at Canada’s Farm Progress Show is how all of the seeding equipment manufacturers lay all their cards on the table to try and prove who is the most innovative. Regina is the home for Canada’s Farm Progress Show, and Saskatchewan is the home for some of the biggest players in… Read more »

Talking to Farmers: Drones, Tracks and Heavy Duty Decisions

Well, it seems the RealAgriculture crew always arrives to Canada’s Farm Progress Show armed and ready to talk to farmers. This usually means a sly call for a massive “tweetup” and subsequent trapping of unsuspecting victims, but it seems people caught wind of our plan this year, and for every interview shown above, there are… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires Ep 1 – Crashing Drones and Break Out the Cat Litter

You suggested it so we decided to listen and start a podcast focused on agriculture machinery. Shaun wouldn’t describe himself as a gear head (remember when he was proud to change a wiper blade on his truck) but he loves to chat machinery so he had to find a willing knowledgeable co-host and after a… Read more »

8 Tips for Loading Producer Cars

By Jim Hale, grain farmer, Lancer, Saskatchewan. Find him on Twitter as @FarmerJim79 and at his blog, What I know (And What I Don’t): http://cjkfarm.wordpress.com/. This post originally appeared there.  After tweeting about how the grain terminal that I have my flax contracted with was having rail car logistical issue (that happen to work in… Read more »