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SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 06:38 1 Name:  EBF3413A-810A-4A76-B07D-429C5B616AF8_1_105_c.jpg
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Well after sitting for almost two weeks. We are throwing in the towel on Harvest 2019. The drive to Calgary/Red Deer opened up our eyes that Both Sask and Alberta and Manitoba ag departments are full of shit. A large amount of crop is still out in the fields and with the snow in the mountains and now foothills covering whole fields hiding swaths its time to admit defeat.

**** if it got to plus 20 for four days the snow would still be in the #2 corridor.

Want to see what happens to standing canola with wet snow, yea its really nice. Also,
swaths did blow apart in that wind storm.

So with snow to the north/West and East even if we have min on the crop it's done. The next 7 to 10 look ugly and cold and -21 as I write this.

Our area east central is hooped. Most guys just into their canola some have none off. Lots of wheat and oats and barley out.

We did manage to get to 73% but big deal its a defeat. Mother nature won this year and won big.

Funny it could have been our highest yielder yet.

We did look in Alberta at some Swath turners for hay but very aggressive on the pickup. This would be to turn the swath and get the snow off. Slow the pickup down.

Finally, we booked a harvest crew to take it in spring. Guys will run our three and well supply semis and bins.

Looked at our Crap insurance. HAHAHAHAH

Looked at Ag STab HAHAHAHAH

Talked to the private insurance guys and yea nothing really would come. Because they are basing their payments on your long term Margin. Real tough if last 10 you had one awesome because it finally stopped raining.

So again ag is failed by mother nature because Gov and private want the check but never deliver on the goods.

So have a great winter.

Remember its just a crop that they will tell you in spring its spring threshed so we have to add some more deductions.

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Nov 7, 2019 | 07:23 2 Watch your neighbours talk.

About what ...or are they too licking their lips at reducing the workloads of others.... Reply With Quote
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  • SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 07:31 3 No bucket mental health. In our area I can list who’s done on one hand.

    Red deer was a good show.









    Sad went for supper on Monday in Calgary and no hostess and only 21 at a very good eating place and that included the staff.

    It’s slow.

    Hotel was 100 less than last year for suit.


    They sang oh Canada at the show every one stood proud and heard a **** Trudeau after the song ended Reply With Quote
    SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 07:33 4

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    Nov 7, 2019 | 07:41 5 Mental health that can be directly correlated to financial health....

    I don't think farmers overspend when you consider the conditions they have been given....but it can sure go backwards fast when a harvest like this shows up...

    Youngings around here can't figure out where all the money went that their parents must have had since it was so easy to do between 2012 and 2018....they might find out what a year like this can do to a savings account....prices down , tough grain isn't moving....yields off a bit....

    Point being while the conservatives and everyone talks about oil and gas ....agriculture is being forgotten...that isn't a good path forward.... Reply With Quote
    SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 07:47 6 Oh, I agree with AG is Forgotten.

    The guy from Sask ag and food stands in a field harvested outside the city and says we got to 91% so we're all basically done. WTF.

    East central is hit like a brick shovel in the head yet no mention.

    So yea I have a million in the field and it sucks. Actually sucks real bad.

    Some won't recover from this shit show that is for sure.

    Ag biggest ****ing joke ever. Reply With Quote
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    Nov 7, 2019 | 08:29 7 Saskfarmer, you should have took a tour west of Hwy 2. Its a very distinct dividing line in harvest progress. It always is, always earlier and drier on the east side. Good land both sides but the couple miles either way seems to make a big difference. East is also bigger farms and west is more mixed farming guys. Most guys east are down to their last couple fields, most guys west have only done a couple fields, 10 miles apart. Reply With Quote
    Nov 7, 2019 | 09:50 8
    Quote Originally Posted by SASKFARMER View Post

    Well after sitting for almost two weeks. We are throwing in the towel on Harvest 2019. The drive to Calgary/Red Deer opened up our eyes that Both Sask and Alberta and Manitoba ag departments are full of shit.
    So did you get lost or how were you able to assess the Manitoba situation on your drive from SK to AB?

    I don't think the Nov 5th MB crop report for my area is unrealistic.
    http://https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/seasonal-reports/pubs/crop-report-2019-11-05.pdf

    While on their site I found their FAQ about the difficult harvest interesting. Maybe explains why some guys have sat on their hands while others have harvested nearly everything.

    Q. "I am concerned that the quality of my unharvested crop has deteriorated and is not worth harvesting. Do I have to harvest?"

    A. "Start by contacting your MASC Office. An Adjustor will inspect your field. It may be helpful if you are prepared to harvest a representative strip of your crop. This will help the adjustor determine the yield potential and provide a sample that can be graded. The yield potential of your crop, including adjustments for quality, will be used to calculate your claim if you choose not to harvest your crop. In any event, it is your decision whether you harvest or not." Reply With Quote
    SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 10:25 9 Yea did notice that east of the highway more done and west off the highway way more Reply With Quote
    SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 10:43 10 Oh boo hoo you wanna be Canadian farmer. Just look and talk to people. But you know everything Reply With Quote
    Nov 7, 2019 | 11:02 11 Neighbor combing canola as we chat. Skimming over standing canola which has been laid flat by snow. Trying to avoid rocks. I have no idea of the moisture but it sure is cold! Reply With Quote
    SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 11:16 12 Yep tried early today -20 and we’re done. To much snow. It flows through well but still so much ice in tank drying would be insane. 2019 is over.



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    helmsdale's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 11:53 13
    Quote Originally Posted by SASKFARMER View Post
    Oh, I agree with AG is Forgotten.

    The guy from Sask ag and food stands in a field harvested outside the city and says we got to 91% so we're all basically done. WTF.

    East central is hit like a brick shovel in the head yet no mention.

    So yea I have a million in the field and it sucks. Actually sucks real bad.

    Some won't recover from this shit show that is for sure.

    Ag biggest ****ing joke ever.
    BUT.... AgMoreThanEver!!! Reply With Quote
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  • SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 12:16 14 Yep 👍.

    Even the Hutts didn’t seem that happy.

    Had to prove to myself early at sunrise if it worked or not. Picks nice feeds nice even chops well. Grain tank still way to much snow and neighbour tried drying bottom pure mush. Lots called it today.

    She’s done. Reply With Quote
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  • Nov 7, 2019 | 13:34 15 Non ideal is what should show up on the TV everytime Trudeau opens his mouth. Reply With Quote
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  • fjlip's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 15:00 16
    Quote Originally Posted by SASKFARMER View Post
    Yep 👍.

    Even the Hutts didn’t seem that happy.

    Had to prove to myself early at sunrise if it worked or not. Picks nice feeds nice even chops well. Grain tank still way to much snow and neighbour tried drying bottom pure mush. Lots called it today.

    She’s done.
    You have more SNOW than N of Wadena. Standing Canola combined every COLD day. Never heard moisture, those seem not to test anyway. Pioneer says up to 50% green. Wheat and oats swathed after the snow picked up yesterday. Reply With Quote
    Nov 7, 2019 | 15:11 17 At the end of the day does it really matter the percentage left in the field? The markets haven’t shown any response to it since the first snow in Sept.
    Problem is there is a lot of carryover for most crops, so that will make up anything left out.
    Demand is low, and sales are at a hand to mouth situation. If a market gets “shorted” yes their maybe a tickle up to cover it, then down it goes. Other countries are picking up anything we can’t supply, and buying it cheaper.
    Hope the stealerships picked up their brooms early, can’t see much “pre” bookings going on. Reply With Quote
    Partners's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 15:27 18 What is short.
    Malt bly.
    Ours was jan to March.
    Going next week. Reply With Quote
    Nov 7, 2019 | 16:48 19
    Quote Originally Posted by SASKFARMER View Post
    Oh boo hoo you wanna be Canadian farmer. Just look and talk to people. But you know everything
    Who is the wanna be farmer? I've farmed full time with no off-farm income coming into the house for 19 years in Canada and for 18 before that in Scotland.
    You on the other hand appear to be a career civil servant who only farms part time, albeit on a grander scale, if you want to count acres or combines.
    I've relied on primary agriculture for my entire livelihood which is something you don't appear to have needed to do. I also know how to drive from eastern Saskatchewan to Red Deer without going into Manitoba. Reply With Quote
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  • Nov 7, 2019 | 17:47 20
    Quote Originally Posted by grassfarmer View Post
    Who is the wanna be farmer? I've farmed full time with no off-farm income coming into the house for 19 years in Canada and for 18 before that in Scotland.
    You on the other hand appear to be a career civil servant who only farms part time, albeit on a grander scale, if you want to count acres or combines.
    I've relied on primary agriculture for my entire livelihood which is something you don't appear to have needed to do. I also know how to drive from eastern Saskatchewan to Red Deer without going into Manitoba.
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  • helmsdale's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 18:35 21
    Quote Originally Posted by SASKFARMER View Post

    What'd you think of that unit?

    They look slightly sexier than the old orange belarus units.

    You'd still likely have to do most of your fieldwork during the dark of night and park it back in the shed before daylight to avoid ridicule, but then most of my "antiques" are far from show-stoppers anyway... Reply With Quote
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  • Nov 7, 2019 | 19:00 22 It’s bad to leave crop out. It is a terrible feeling. It’s almost like having a bad illness. If you have crop out it was preceded by a huge effort and fight to get the what you got in. And despite best efforts and massive energy spent...Baam!! The weather gets you. It’s over!

    And you hope and pray you get weird weather in November and that there is another chance. You go and try combining in all unusual conditions and nothing works. All the old timers have a story about having Christmas dinner on the combine in 1954 etc..It is very consuming mentally and physically...takes a toll on you.

    2009 had a rough year combined 1/2 the crop in November....made it through. 2016 has 16 inches of snow Oct 5....half the crop out! Lost all October...did another 25% in November 1 week opening....left the other 25% out. Harvested the rest in May 2017...between crop insurance, and the prices for spring grain....ended up a good average year. Starved in the winter as didn’t get rest of the cash till July.

    So I sat down and looked at what I can do to compensate for these risks. I did the following:

    1. Bought another combine, used, decent price. It’s not a beauty, but it takes of 25% of the crop.
    2. Stop spending on inputs for top crop yields instead went for a good crop.
    3. Grew lower cost crops and priced way ahead for margin maximization.
    4. Stopped spending money ahead of earning it.
    5. Try to do everything myself...no custom work.

    2017 got the crop off 2 weeks before snow.
    2018 got the crop off 1 week before snow.
    2019 got the crop off 1 day before snow.

    I saw a farmer with $80,000 airplane applicator bill the other day. Plus the chemical...would add another $180,000....fungicide year plots yields on my land didn’t pay the applicators bill. Glad it’s not my bill...I feel sorry for him.

    Farmers need to start getting cheap again...we can’t pay for the equipment, we can put every thing on the crop, and FFS why do farmers need to pay $10 for an Agronomist...it’s your crop figure it out yourself and pay yourself the $10.

    Its tough out there...it’s going to get worse...our assets will go down in value...we are on our own to figure it out. The best comebacks only happen after a setback... so the best will come back
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  • SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 20:18 23 Ah grass your so hilarious. Scotland misses you.

    Part time farmer that’s hilarious.

    Carrier civically servant. Wow


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    SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 7, 2019 | 20:21 24 Crestliner we have 4 farms in 20 mile radius of our farm that are done. Explain what more we could of done? Please

    It didn’t matter small large or in between 21 days didn’t cut it, this year. Reply With Quote
    Nov 7, 2019 | 23:36 25
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    Crestliner we have 4 farms in 20 mile radius of our farm that are done. Explain what more we could of done? Please

    It didn’t matter small large or in between 21 days didn’t cut it, this year.
    As they say hindsight is 20/20....21 days for 10,000 acres is 500 acres per day. 500 per day with 3 combines of tough slugging is asking a lot. We use to do 10,000 with 3 S680 combines and then got hooked in 2016 with 25% left out.

    Got a cheaper S680 and filled the seat with another old timer...it really has helped us barely get done each year. 2500 acres per combine is the limit if you want to do a good job, save grain and be able to slug a wet crop through.

    Just my thoughts. Reply With Quote

  • Nov 8, 2019 | 00:30 26
    Quote Originally Posted by Crestliner View Post
    As they say hindsight is 20/20....21 days for 10,000 acres is 500 acres per day. 500 per day with 3 combines of tough slugging is asking a lot. We use to do 10,000 with 3 S680 combines and then got hooked in 2016 with 25% left out.

    Got a cheaper S680 and filled the seat with another old timer...it really has helped us barely get done each year. 2500 acres per combine is the limit if you want to do a good job, save grain and be able to slug a wet crop through.

    Just my thoughts.
    Certainly amazed that you can do 2500 acres per combine. In our area I would say 1000 acres per combine is more common. There are a few just over 2000 per combine. A grain cart and many sleepless nights allowed them to finish but just barely. One surprising thing I learned this fall is that Claas combines do not like tough swathed canola. One neighbor runs a Deere and a Claas 760, many many hours of plugged down time in the Claas. Great in wheat not in tough canola. Reply With Quote
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  • SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 8, 2019 | 04:22 27 Dryer and three can do in a normal year easily. A guy with 10 still has 5000 acres out another guy with just as many have 7000 out. But you guys know.

    It rained every second to the third day. It didn't at your place; that is what makes you an expert. Reply With Quote
    Nov 8, 2019 | 06:56 28 1500 is nice per combine here in the swamp
    Lots have 2000 , always lots of straw here and usually shitty conditions
    But this is usually an exceptionally tough area Reply With Quote
    SASKFARMER's Avatar Nov 8, 2019 | 09:26 29 It’s trying to rain. God I was hoping it would but a little on the cool side I don’t think we’ll get to plus 2 today to melt the snow Reply With Quote
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