What’s your name? Doug Erickson
I have been a farmer Officially farming since 1999, but I have been involved in our farm since 1975.
I’ve been a Farm At Hand user since: since 2014; it has been a huge help with my record keeping for my farm and for managing my data.
Where do you farm? Birsay, SK, by Lake Diefenbaker.
What do you grow? Red lentils, peas, canola, durum, wheat and barley.
What’s one of your favourite moments when you’re out in the fields? One of my favorite moments in the field is harvest, seeing the results of hard work and planning.
What is your most important piece of equipment and why? The most important piece of equipment is the sprayer. It it seems we never get out of it from burnoff, in-crop spraying, fungicide, insects, and pre-harvest/dessication.
Can you share with us what you think our biggest challenge in Ag right now? One of the biggest challenges in Ag is the public perception of food safety and the amount of misinformation being circulated. Consumers need to know where their food comes from and how we produce it.
Do you think the way we farm and produce food will change in the next 10 years? How so? The way we farm will continue to change in the future due to technology available to us as farmers and consumers demand for the products we are producing.
If there is one thing you want the general population to now about farming, what would that be? If I could say one thing to the general population is don’t believe everything you see or read in the media or online with regards to agriculture. There is so much misinformation and half truths. Talk to actual producers, challenge us with any concerns you have.
Where can we connect with you online? Twitter @dougerickson22.