What’s your name? Jeff Keller.
I have been a farmer since..: Basically my entire life, but started farming beyond being child labour, haha, in 1999.
I have been a Farm At Hand user: Day 1! It keeps me organized, especially at harvest with the Storage section and keeping track of what is in the bins.
Where do you farm? Gronlid, SK.
What do you grow? Wheat, canola, oats, barley, peas and flax.
Tell us a little bit about your farm and who you farm with: I farm with my family: mom, dad, and sister. I was forced into it and I didn’t like working anywhere else – hahaha, kidding!! I wanted the freedom to make decisions and work hard for my own business. I had grown up farming so it seemed like the natural progression.
What’s one of your favourite moments when you’re out in the fields? Seeding for sure! The smell of the freshly turned dirt. That, to me, signals the crop year has officially begun.
Any post-harvest tips for fellow farmers? Make sure you have all your records ready to go in Farm At Hand because your bookkeeper/accountant is going to want them!
What’s currently in your pocket? A couple of receipts, bottle of Pepto, a knife, leftover grain, a couple of bolts and $4.75.
What’s is your most important equipment and why? The sprayer, it hits the field more times than anything else.
Can you share what you think our biggest challenge is in Ag right now? Sustainability of good genetics to combat pest control as it is only going to become more of a challenge.
What is your biggest lessons learned this year? It’s not what you see in July, but, what you get in October that counts.
If there’s one thing you want the general population to know about farming what would that be? The hours put in for a year’s worth of work. We don’t just work 9-5, Monday to Friday – Mother Nature and the crops dictate our schedule, and they are relentless.