What’s your name? Scott Perkin
I have been a farmer since: 2003.
I’ve been a Farm At Hand user since: 2013. Farm At Hand has helped me keep track of all fields and field activities. This is handy especially when you farm with other people
Where do you farm? Elgin, MB in the Southwest corner.
What do you grow? We grow soybeans, canola, wheat, fababeans, sunflowers, flax, barley and corn.
How did you get into farming? My mom and dad have farmed for 45 years. It’s in my blood.
What do you love about farming? The sense of accomplishment and the feeling of both working for yourself and still helping provide the basic essentials for everyone.
Tell us a little bit about why you become a farmer and who you farm with. I farm with my brother Darryl. We both have young families, 2 kids each: my wife Meagan, Foster (10) and Nyah (7); Darryl’s wife Tanya, Liam (8) and Ivy (7)). We have always been involved in the farm and it was a natural decision to continue our parents traditions. The farm has expanded to involve purebred simmental, expanding grain acres (8500+) and a small soybean and corn business.
What’s one of your favourite moments when you’re out in the fields? The beautiful landscapes and how fast the crop changes throughout the season.
Has technology changed the way you farm? How so? Absolutely. I feel globally connected, and more organized.
What is your biggest challenge this growing season? Weather forecasting and price discovery.
Can you share with us what you think our biggest challenge in Ag right now? Our biggest challenge is connecting the urban consumer with the producer who is providing one of the essential requirements for survival.
Do you think the way we farm and produce food will change in the next 10 years? Absolutely. More autonomy, more record keeping, more efficiencies.
If there is one thing you want the general population to know about farming, what would that be? That it is a difficult, rewarding, challenging career. I want consumers to see what we do and to be cheerleaders for agriculture as opposed to what we see in the media at this point.