Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 This field is done !  The canola at Ron's by Brandon is now harvested and in the elevator!  It looked like a low yield potential because of not enough rain for much of the summer...  But !  and its a big BUT !   The crop turned out to produce a big yield of 50 bushels per acre !  We sold it for 10.60/ bu
That is a good return that will go a very long way toward helping our friends in Africa to grow their own crops and sustain their families.  If you were or are able to help with any of our expenses this year I thankyou,  World Relief Canada thanks you and our friends in Africa thankyou so much !  If you had shelter today and enough to eat and drink please don't take that blessing for granted !
Ray the Grain Guy

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Manitoba Update

   Whether the weather will be right...

  That's always the question when planning and planting a crop for whatever part of the world you live in...  Whether the weather will be right...  too cold, too windy,  too hot,  too dry,  too wet, unpredictable timing of rains,  hail, frost, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, extended periods of fog...   all of these things and more can and do effect the successful or unsuccessful results of the harvest.  For most its an annual event and an annual gamble.   This year in Manitoba we have been worried all summer about too little rain and too much heat.   There was lots of moisture in the soil last fall and good snow cover in the winter.  The crop was seeded into good conditions with just a little rain to start the crop off.  Being quite dry in the spring forced the roots of the crops to dig down and search for moisture.  Roots have the ability to go down a couple of feet to absorb moisture and also the nutrients carried through that water.  Farmers and agronomists were worried about low yields because of not enough rain... The dry weather lasted most of the summer and fall until this weekend ! Most people in the area have been having a wonderful surprise when they pulled into the wheat fields.  The bushels were rolling in better than many have ever had in their farming careers !  The establishment of the root systems early allowed the plants to survive and thrive in this environment !  In this area we often have a disease in the wheat called fusarium.  This reduces the yield somewhat and the value and makes it much more difficult to market.  A wheat crop has flowers ( believe it or not ) and if the disease is in the soil or the seed and if you get rainfall during the flowering stage it makes the infection rate go up dramatically.  All in all having the dry growing season this year with the moisture in the soil from 2016 made for a wonderful healthy big yielding wheat crop !    As one farmer said..." If we could have picked the weather we would have got it wrong this year !    We will be able to help more people in Africa than we expected this year !   Stay tuned...
Ray the Grain Guy

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Here are pictures of Jim and Sandys soybeans taken on the same day as Ron's canola swaths.   Soybeans take a longer time to become mature... ( some might say that about me ! )
They need some rain to fill those pods !   The lowest pods generally are maybe an inch off the ground so that requires care and some special equipment to get them into the combine .

The Swath's

The Canola at Ron's was swathed August  25 th.  There hasn't been much rain on it this year but it is looking good !   Little rain also means less disease ...  stay tuned for yields....  what's harvested is what counts !

Monday, August 7, 2017

There is no I in Pod in this field !

Canola pods... imagine the smallest peas in the world and that will show you what canola seeds in a pod looks like !   The flowers are now gone in the canola but they left behind millions of pods with millions of seeds in them... We will put that seed to work helping our African friends by turning our farming profits into seeds and tools and more to help them produce crops and liveliehoods of their own !
These pictures are from the start of August at the VanHeyst farm near Brandon
Grow with us !

Beans are thirsty !

Beans R Us !

Our weather has been generally hot an and too dry in July ... Soybeans however are really used to that and if they can get a good start with good germination they are happy till august which is when the rain is needed to fill those pods !    The price for fall is about 10.50 / bu now...  some people want $11 and some say $12... there is still lots of uncertainty out there for what will happen to the crops it it doesn't rain more very soon !      So that is keeping our prices decent ! 
       Beans provide protein through the meal and also oil when they are crushed.  In our case they provide money for our project to help people in Africa survive and thrive !   Thanks for helping if you can !
  Ray the Grain Guy  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Working together !

Two cool events I was part of recently !   Two of our Virtual Farmers helping put up the new sign on the Real field and meeting Ron !     Working together so well to help others in Africa !
The bottom picture was the Snowbirds at the Shoal Lake last week...working together as one !