The 2018 spring seeding season in Saskatchewan is well underway and farmers have been working hard these past few weeks to get their seeds into the ground and machines rolling. I visited a grain farm north of the community of Indian Head where I met Andrea Webster, her husband Dwight and their son Rylan.
Andrea and Dwight both grew up in Indian Head and they have two children who both work in the agriculture industry. Their daughter is attending university in the College of Agriculture, while Rylan farms alongside his parents and has his own land south of Indian Head.
Arriving at "Webster Acres", I was keen to learn about the steps involved with spring seeding. That day, there was rock-picking happening in the field adjacent to the road driving in. Rylan was five miles south spraying for weed control — And in and around the shop, preparation was taking place to fill the seed drill. They would be seeding canola on this day.
There was always something going on to make sure everything went according to plan and that the machinery was in good-working order. Everyone had a job to do to prepare for the final step, which was sending the seed into the ground.
The process of seeding takes place within a short window of time. The Websters had started seeding only a week before, and planned to be finished within the next week. Including their son's property, the amount of land they farm totals 5,500 acres.
Farming runs deep in the Webster family and so does the community.
"The community is pretty important to us. With both our excavation company and our farming operation, we try to give back to the community as much as possible" Andrea said. "Raising our children here at home, we felt, was very important. We couldn't think of anywhere else we would operate our business and raise our kids than here."
Seeing the different types of machinery and learning about the different steps involved with spring seeding was a great experience to have.
A big thank you to Webster Acres for hosting me!
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