Too Much of a Good Thing – Is land the problem or driving force of the industry today?

“Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most” – Ozzy Osbourne   It is a special day when I get to use an Ozzy quote in any of my blogs! It is fitting as we discuss land prices and the fact that Western Canadian farmers…

Farmer Coach – A backwards perspective on what I have learned over the past year.

From the moment I started working with Kristjan, it has been about predicting the unpredictable. I often joke about never knowing “what I want to be when I grow up”. The sheer number of opportunities and possibilities that present themselves…

It’s Going to Get a Little Bumpy – How to navigate the next 36 months of lower prices and high costs. Part 2 – The Solutions

Sticking your head in the sand is not a solution, but all too often I have seen this as a reaction to navigating hard times. In fairness, it has been close to thirty years since the last significant primary producer downturn, so most farmers…

It’s Going to Get a Little Bumpy – How to navigate the next 36 months of lower prices and high costs. Part 1 – The Causes

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked” – Warren Buffett   If you have heard the phrase “the new norm” then this blog is for you. I have been hearing this phrase about commodity prices for…

You’re Not Rich – Why the next generation of farms may not live like the last one.

I hate basketball. In fact, if it comes on Sportscenter I won’t even watch the highlights before changing the channel. But I do love Shaquille O’Neal; not for what he has done on the court but for the soundbites and philanthropy he has done…

A Place We Have Never Been – Do Farms Have to Look Outside Family for Legacy?

What happens to the family farm when the lineage stops?   Sale is the easy answer, but I would rather push a different narrative. In an environment where land values continue to outrun the stock market, and are an inflationary hedge…

Go Looking for Opportunity – Why I prioritize education 

A week in Texas in January, things could be worse.    I hate missing my favourite farm show of the year (Crop Production Show), but when given the opportunity to learn from some of my mentors and top business minds in agriculture,…

Down Home – Celebrating Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan.

“Where they know you by name and treat you like family” - Alabama.   I learned quickly in life to never take things for granted. I was always told that high school would be the best time of my life. I am not sure I can substantiate…

When family no longer wants to farm

What happens to the family farm when the lineage stops? Sale is the easy answer, but how about a different approach? In an environment where land values continue to outrun the stock market, why would retiring farmers ever sell? Currently,…

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable – A discussion on mental health on the farm.

Listening to podcasts is how I decompress most days. Not agriculture podcasts because I live in this industry and get enough information thrown my way. I listen to other podcasts, mostly fitness or sports-related. This is what inspired this…

The Turning Point – Change in Mindset Requires a Defining Moment

I remember the night; picking my son off the couch in the basement, where he was accustomed to falling asleep, for the long journey up two flights of stairs to his bedroom. On a normal day he was heavy, in deep sleep he was dead weight. I had…

Too Fast – Is Agtech outpacing primary producers in the current market?

  In the latest Farmer Coach sessions, we included members from John Deere in our discussions on equipment efficiencies and optimization. Aside from the clear distain of current market pricing from a primary producer perspective, one…