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Meet your farming neighbours: Aaron and Aynsley Williams

Aaron and Aynsley Williams farm in west-central Saskatchewan

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike.

Where do you farm?

Aaron and Aynsley Williams farm east of Macrorie, Sask., toward Diefenbaker Lake dam. They have four children including eight-year-old twin boys, Sawyer and Sterling, five-year-old Sahen and their daughter Sloan, who is three.

Who do you farm with?

“Me and my dad.”

Aaron and his father farm a total of 2,500 seeded acres, a combination of owned and rented land. They also have 100 head of cattle as part of their operation.

What crops do you grow?

“We grow canola, lentils, wheat and barley.”

How long have you been farming?

“Ten years. I guess my whole life off and on.”

Aaron spent 15 years in the oilpatch as a welder, including running the Carson’s Oilfield shop in Shaunavon for two years.

What’s your favourite farming season?

“Calving. The beginning of a new crop year and you’re not worried about rain and all this other stuff, your cows are coming in and everything just seems to be good early in the spring.”

What’s the farm implement you can’t live without?

“Probably the tractor. The bucket tractor we use the most because… we feed cows with it, it gets you on an auger, and it just gets used the most, year-round.”

You could have done anything. Why did you decide to farm?

“I always liked it because of the way of life it is. You work hard, but you get time in between to spend with your family, and the family all pitches in so you get to work together as a group.

Tell me about a good decision you’ve made on the farm.

“Building a good-size, heated, insulated shop for working on equipment in the winter.”

Is there a decision you regret making on the farm?

“Growing canola last year because it didn’t rain.” Aarons’ father’s house three kilometres away received three inches more rain than his own house this past growing season, resulting in a significant difference in yields between the north and south fields.

What opportunities do you see ahead?

“In my area, irrigation. There is talk of doing more work with the dam and infrastructure and putting more pivots up for irrigatable acres.”

What challenges do you see ahead?

“The biggest I see is looking at four kids and a family that might want to farm some day and trying to get big enough so that if they all wanted to farm they could do it as a sustainable business.

What do you like to do for fun?

“We quad down to the river lots and have wiener roasts down by the river a fair bit. In the wintertime it’s sleds, and the summertime we use quads. We have a boat, so we spend some time on the lake.” In the winter, Aaron and his family also enjoy ice fishing.

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