Monday, October 12, 2015

The Malio Project for 2015 in DR Congo


     It's all coming together !  
Our real farmers have been working hard and often battling the weather conditions but things are coming together.  We often had rain when it wasn't wanted especially this fall when the crop was ready to harvest.  Some say it builds character... I know though when we put it all together every year it builds families and better lives for them...Building Hope....

   Tween Lakes at Hyas have the Kernels wheat in the grain Cart now...they just finished harvest this week...  Gerald and Darla of Kinistino ha better weather this year and pulled off a sweet 55 bushels per acre of wheat  on their 50 acres designated to Kernels !   Ron VanHeyst with Earls help grew a whopper of a canola crop getting 50 bushels per acre on his 6 Kernels acres.  We found a great unused contract and got $12.15 per bushel for those 300 bushels....  Canola is usually $10 / bu the past 2 years . $12.15 is at the top of any price in that time.  Grant of Jardine Farms has 500 bushels of wheat ready to come to market from his 10 acres.... Grant had good quality wheat using his green thumb for others too !   Steve and Loni of West Elton Farms at Brandon have been real Kernels farmers longer than anyone and they will be hauling soon.   Their friends Tim and Heidi Penner from Justice ( the most appropriate address for Kernels possible )  brought in 528 bushels of wheat from their Kernels field.  Don't forget that the federal Govt  matches much of our produce 4 to 1    So 528 bushels is 2640 bu !     Go back and work out the canola at Rons with this formula... Making a difference one kernel at a time. No news yet from Prairie Soils at Norquay but there will be good things happening there as always...  The Nelson of Alberta will also let us know how the crop was there... drought ?  maybe   maybe not !
   If you were wanting to help this year to fund our Malio project that helps to improve food production and consumption for  600 farming families from 8 villages in Beni Territory, North Kivu Province in the DR Congo ... its not too late....  if you or anyone in your family history has ever been really hungry you'll know that waiting till next year isn't a good option ...   Stay tuned for the years wrap up !
   Many Thanks & Blessings ,
Ray the Grain Guy

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Early Morning September 29 at Ron's field by Brandon... the canola has been harvested...  the field is empty ( like many peoples dreams and food cupboards in The Congo)   The sunrise here is like what you are doing for the people there...  Providing nourishment which leads to health and the ability to produce their own crops and to provide dreams and Hope !   Hope... the short word that is so huge for all of us ! It's a new day.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lined up and ready !

The Canola at Ron's has been swathed for about two weeks...  You cut it after it starts to mature and you let it dry up in the swath to be ready for harvest.  As you swath it often you pull a roller behind the swather that pushes it gently down into the stubble so it anchors it against most wind.  You wouldn't want it blowing to the neighbours field !
This swath has turned brown since I took the picture and is ready and willing to be put into a combine and then a truck and then the grain elevator so it can help people in our Project in the Congo with food and seed and tools... The canola seeds are so little but they do so much !  Just like us !

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Greetings Fellow Farmers!   

      Just wanted to show you the crop stage development of Ron's Canola field at Brandon.
The pods are plentiful and the top picture shows the color change.   Its important to check the seed color change before swathing canola.  Patience is a virtue (As in many things in life ) in timing your swathing ...  The right time gets you larger yield and better quality...  Too early can limit the size of the seeds and lock green inside the seed reducing the value...waiting too long can get you losses from shattering pods or bad weather that could blow your swaths all over the field ... or frost that could also make it low quality....         Things are looking good !

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday, August 16 was a great day !  Pugeni ( who many of you have met ) now lives in Winnipeg and works for MCC in Manitoba.  The Mennonite Central Committee has many CFGB tradional growing projects connected to it ... At a boring Blue Bomber game 2 years ago Pugeni stressed the need for MCC to have something like Kernels going to touch people connected through MCC who would like to help in raising crops.  I knew the perfect farmer for this and with a perfect location within 20 miles of the MCC offices... After some preliminary contacts in the spring Pugeni and I visited Grant Dyck of Artel Farms and after 2 minutes he said... (Just like Dragons Den)  I'm in !   MCC worked on their website and systems to accommodate and this year they launched the program... It is a clone of Kernels and has captured the imagination and Crop Input dollars of a lot of people in Winnipeg.  They are now connected with 6 churches and as of Sunday had 192 acres sponsored for this crop year.  They call it Grow Hope.  They also were pleased to get a prominent Virtual Farmer named Cindy Klassen to be a spokeman for the project.  She is an Olympian with many medals and she does things right!   She was so happy to help others in this way.   Some people have called Pugeni and I clones ( in our personalities at least ) and we were both super excited to see us become contagious and spreading this method of farming to a whole new denomination !  Grant is the other person pictured below.   

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Grant Jardine

   Grant Jardine of Jardine Farms is one of our real Kernels farmers this year...
  Grant had a chance to help harvest Andrew Dennis' Kernels canola field a few years ago and has been an avid supporter all along...  this year he said he would seed 10 acres for us.   He is also already working on some neighbours to contribute this way in 2016 !...  His is a long term farm that has been feeding people for many years !  Thanks for lending your expertise to us Virtual Farmers and making a Difference to so many!

  Grant's field can be seen on the Brookdale Highway just north of Brandon.