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Next Generation Farming: Millennial Farmers | S2 Ep 2 | Real Farm Lives


I think the most important lesson that
my parents have taught me is it’s always gonna be stressful living on the farm. Sometimes it rains or sometimes when there’s a drought. When it comes to weather there’s absolutely nothing you can do but for some things you just can’t help
it so you just have to ride with the waves. My name is Cassidy Sawyer.
I’m a fifth generation farmer this is my younger brother Quinn and my older brother Emmett. We live with my two parents Matt and Tara Sawyer northeast of Calgary. We
grow canola, malt barley, barley, and wheat. How many pancakes am I making? How hungry is everyone? On weekends we like to start our day off with the family we talk
about what we’re going to do during the day how we’d like to spend it and what
the plan is. When you’re free today right we wanted to go look at the canola and I
wanted to show you bit about the sprayer then we can do you some work in the shop if we have time. All right. Here you go. Emmit grab the bacon. When I’m home on
weekends as soon as the clock hits 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning dad puts me
to work washing up all of our equipment getting all the salt off changing oil
making sure everything’s working and prepping for the next season so it’s a
lot of maintenance, that’s for sure. Let’s have a look at this canola and see
how it’s progressing and then we’ll get back and look at the sprayer. Alright. Now
that I’m older like dad kind of realizes that I have the most interest in taking
over the farm. Here’s some holes here right right in there. We sprayed this a
few days ago that’s probably some some flea beetles continuing to munch
on that. It’s just so windy today we just can’t go out and spray but we’ll keep an
eye on it. The part that I most love about being in the field with my dad is just
like kind of the bonding hours that we get. He’s teaching me how things work and I really like spending time with him. Nice to see the canola growing finally
with the moisture. It’s one of the the biggest steps to conservation we don’t
have to do any tillage at all it’s a great system that we can see directly
into the standing stubble. The beauty of this canola is is it’s herbicide
tolerance. We were able to control the weeds so it’s affecting them without
affecting the class so this will grow happy and healthy. That’s good. Doesn’t have competition from the weeds yeah, so we’re reducing
our fuel consumption, we’re preserving organic matter and we’re preserving our
soil which is better for the environment. It’s a win-win for everybody. Yeah, it’s a better way to do it. I am studying Agricultural Enterprise
Management. I’ll be learning a lot about how do we trade grain on a world market,
how our price is affected and as well as how do we open up trade doors with
different countries and I feel as though like I have a great knowledge of farming
but I don’t know where I want to work just yet. Hello everyone my name is Emmett Sawyer and I will be your host for this podcast. I started getting into podcasts
because I thought it would be the best way to really show the another side of
agriculture. We’re gonna be talking about social media and ag. It was the best way
to produce content where people could really learn a bit more about
agriculture straight from the source which is the farmer. It’s great to have a
voice that’s promoting agriculture and educating people about agriculture in
the real world. I was thinking that I’d like to go to
UofA for agribusiness. I don’t want to take over the family farm but I still
would like to promote agriculture as much as I can.
Well this is it Quinn, you’re driving. Really? Yeah state-of-the-art sprayer,
let’s roll. All right. This year we just got a brand new sprayer and it has GPS technology with sectional control shut off on it. It
automatically turns itself on and off depending on where you’ve been in the
field. Man, it’s just so windy today. We just
can’t go around it but all right I wanted to show you some of the
features. It’s really cool being in the sprayer with my dad because he’s teaching me
like the GPS and the auto steering. We marked a point a and then we marked a
point B now you’re on auto steer. It’s a way more sustainable way of farming. I
think Quinn’s gonna do a great job. He’s so passionate about agriculture and I
can’t wait to see what he does at the farm. Lift up the wings out of the cradle
okay you can lift them both up at the same time using both hands. Now you just have the hydraulics. Pull them out. Push them all the way out, watch it
automatically go down and adjust itself but I think you’ve got it. Now let’s
bring those home. Good job, Quinn. It’s crazy having two brothers, that’s
for sure. At the end of the day I love spending time with my brothers. They’re a
little weird but you know gotta love them, they’re family. Family is always gonna be number one. That’s gonna be the people you fall back on if something happens. I
think that’s why we enjoy our family walk so much. We’re always talking about, well,
if you kids ever want to do come back to the farm. But how do we use what we have now to diversify. We’re 45 minutes away from 1.3 million people. How can you
capitalize on that opportunity. If you think if you want to bring another
business on to the farm what does that look like? Maybe the kids want to dream
up some idea and expand the farm that way. Whether it’s a distillery or a micro
brewery or even having weddings here because it is so picturesque, how do we
help create a way to have more than one person surviving on the farm? Hopefully
one day we can actually put these plans into motion. We’ve always told our
children of course there’s a place for them to come back to the farm if they
like. We’ve always encouraged them to be involved. We’d like to see it keep going.
I hope that one of our kids does come back with a burning passion to do
wonderful things on our farm. Yeah that would be great. The sky is the limit.

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