Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What we know so far

     Our fields are spread over the prairies again with many real farmers teaming up with virtual farmers (that can and might be you ! )  to raise crops and funds to help people in the Congo help themselves.
The Penners, Maziers, Pankratzs and Kowbels are all growing canola for us near Justice and just north of Brandon, Manitoba.  The Marvins are back again with some acreage west of the elevator.  I wrote about the VanHeysts in the adjacent post.  They are in the same neighbourhood too !
  The Tiedes came through for us again at Strathmore, Alberta growing yellow peas for us.  In Saskatchewan we have our largest fields at Kinistino and Melfort with the Vanburgstedens growing canola and the Arndt's rotating their crop to wheat from the canola they grew last year.  Rotation goes along way towards preventing disease and troublesome insects.  The Hudyes at Norquay have several people partcipicating in Kernels by committing the entire crop from about 10 acres per farm through the "Helping Feed the World Program" 
      A little here and a little there adds up so fast.  People caring about others.  If you think you can help see the donor info on the adjacent post.  Or email me !
   I will keep you posted on the crop stages and conditions throughout the year.  Anticipation is half the fun and I am having more fun this year than ever as we do our part to End Hunger .


We are growing again in 2012 !

    You'll see a picture of return Kernels farmers the VanHeyst's !  They are growing 6 acres of hard red spring wheat for us this year.  It is just over a mile to the elevator when it is ready to harvest.  It is close to a market but there has to be a lot happen before then !   Soon the crop will be big enough that the weeds will need to be sprayed... leaving only the good stuff !  The good stuff is Carberry wheat.  It is one of the best bread quality wheats in the world.  If we were to set the price now we'd get about $7.25 / bushel.  We hope to harvest over 50 bushels per acre... IF, the weather is favorable from start to finish, IF no disease comes,  IF  insects don't attack, IF is one of the farmers favorite words. IF it works out we will be able to help so many people in the Congo get the proper nutrition through helping buy them seed and tools and providing training and at times emergency food rations.  This crop is barely visible in the picture... how could it help ?  It has huge potential and will do it's best to survive and thrive.  Just like people when given half a chance.  We have started planting and gathering funds to pay for those crops.  If you can help, gather some friends and gather some funds and send them to ECCC  Box 34025 RPO Fort Richmond, Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3T 5T5
Just write Kernels on the note line on the bottom of the cheque and we'd love to send you a donation receipt.  Each $ raised through farming and surplus donations (after the input costs are covered ) gets forwarded to World Relief Canada for the Canadian Food Grains Bank.  The Canadian Government throws in $4 for each $1 we raise !   Making a difference to about 4,000 people in North Kivu County of the Congo this year.  Grow with us !  

Ray the Grain Guy