Owner and Sales Manager, Jim Watson has been in the agriculture business all of his life, starting as a youngster helping his father on the family farm. His early introduction to the farming industry instilled in him a lifelong love of not only agriculture but equipment, especially farm machinery. In addition to various grain and vegetable crops, Watson’s has been growing seed for Pioneer Hi-Bred for more than 30 years.
In 1981, Jim Watson began harvesting seed corn for Pioneer Hi-Bred. He quickly recognized the need for a gentler way to handle the seed. As an agricultural innovator, Jim pitched his ideas to Byron Manufacturing, and worked along with their engineers to modify the sweet corn harvester for the seed corn industry. When the prototype was ready, Jim conducted very successful in-field trials of the new “husk-on” system – and the rest is history. This equipment is now the standard in seed corn harvesting operations.
In conjunction with husk-on harvesting, Watson was the first custom harvester to utilize track-machines, tender carts and walking-floor trailers in Canada. These were novel concepts to the agricultural industry at the time, this equipment is now standard to the seed industry.
Jim began his sales career at age seventeen with a feed mixer distributorship that had him trading equipment throughout the United States and Canada. He has cultivated a vast network of satisfied buyers and sellers, of contacts and connections in equipment and farming businesses. He prides himself on supplying the right equipment for the application. His knowledge and advice have been of great assistance over the years to growers, manufacturers and dealers alike. If you are looking to buy or sell equipment or if you simply have a question, he would be happy to talk to you.
Farming and custom harvesting naturally led Watson’s to the trucking industry. Jim has been trucking agricultural products for decades, hauling seed, grain and produce from the fields to the food processing plants and to dealers.
Watson’s also supplies and delivers wood by-products to the greenhouse industry, and sawdust and wood to tobacco growers.