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Thinking about working some land that’s in the family. Would start with 80ac and hopefully gain another 160, wheat, canola and maybe beans. Might also have the option to rent up to a total of 340-440 acres. This is more of a hobby then a money maker. Would hire a lot of custom, but would probably buy an older combine/grain truck for harvest. Father in law ret from farming awhile back and is more then willing to help out. Will the numbers work or is this a pipe dream? Would appreciate any advice or constructive criticism. Thanks

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Yep it’s a pipe dream alright, but if it’s your dream then run the numbers and decide for yourself. It won’t make a living but if it’s a net zero or a small positive hobby, that’s better than any other hobby you could have
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#1 question is... can YOU fix stuff?
Are you mechanically inclined?
If so, it makes it much easier, shop and field service repair rates will destroy you.
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If you are looking for ideas, experience, feedback check out these guys https://www.directfarmmanitoba.ca/ Check out their conference link in that page. If Kalynn is still involved find her at the conference, she is super smart and knows everyone you need to talk to. If you are thinking about this at all seriously don't miss the conference.
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Pipe dream and way to much risk couple wrecks and you are paying for years or lose land not worth the risk rent out and invest the money.
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you won't be able to justify newer equipment, maybe twenty years old at best .... and not the the bigger stuff either ..
i ran old stuff, but was able to fix it myself, or most of it ... except powershift, lol

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I know how to pull wrench’s, have a nice 40x60 heated shop to work in with tools with another nice poll shed for storage. Thank you for the link, will definitly get in contact with them. This is obviously more of a hobby( working my grandp’s land seems very nostalgic to me)I get a fair amount of time off with my full time gig that pays the bills.
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Id be looking at a green 7720 or 8820. Not opposed to a 16** case either. With an older grain truck. Would hopefully deliver direct to market(26 mile round trip) but there is commercial grain storage at half the distance at 0.07$ a bushel they also provide drying. I’ve got a few worst case numbers for input cost and that hasn’t scared me off....yet

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