Sunday, March 15, 2015

Not taking Harvest for Granted

   This is a short video from our project in North Kivu of the Congo.  They just harvested the Irish Potatoes and are thrilled.   What a difference we have been able to help with in variety, quality and quantity of their Harvest...

    This is the way our Kernels Fields looked for much of the winter,   Most of the Prairies looks like this every winter for awhile... The hard working , good producing field takes a rest... it pulls up a nice white winter blanket of snow over its soil bed and looks like its doing nothing...  Under that blanket there are still good things happening !   Some diseases and bad insects get stopped dead and eliminated  in the winter in our Canadian Climate... Nutrition is being created from the breakdown of organic material like grain straw.  Everything is getting ready for the warmth of spring sun and rains to wake up the soil and take the snow blanket off and get producing  crops for the worlds 7 Billion people !    Farmers and virtual farmers usually pay less attention to the field during the winter but there are plans being made for getting the right combination of seed, nutrition , crop protection products, equipment and weather to get the most out of that field we can .  An acre in Canada can now feed about 120 people.  Wow !  
    As I have thought recently... There are many important vocations... Doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants,   We need all of them at times but how often do we need farmers ?   Every single day !
   Thanks to our real farmers for thinking about being a real farmer for Kernels this year and thanks for thinking about being a Virtual Farmer this year.  We need all of you for helping people in the Congo get their food production in growing...   Grow With Us !              Ray the Grain Guy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waving good bye to 2014

Its like the wheat is waving good bye to the 2014 grain growing season.  Many farmers are happy to do the same.  It was a rough year for weather  in many areas !  Same with Grain Prices !  We survived the adversity quite well though. Having fields in each Prairie Province almost always allows us to have at least some fields in areas with good crop growing weather.  All of our crops have now made it to market and been turned into money. Helping Feed the World at Norquay was again one of our biggest contributors by gathering $18,500 worth of crops for Kernels from their group > WOW>
     We didn't do as well as 2013 but I still talk to farmers that say they will never in their lives have a better crop than that year.  Tim Penner who has one of our Kernels fields near Brandon said that he always picks a different field for his Kernels plot and it always turns out to be his best crop ! 
This year we (together) were able to raise $322,000 after all expenses and after the Cdn Government match.  It will be used by the Canadian Food Grains Bank and World Relief Canada to finish off our project in North Kivu of the Congo.  We have helped them so much growing crops by supplying seed and tools and some training .  They have been successful at raising Irish Potatoes too !
On behalf of the people of the Congo, World Relief Canada , CFGB, ECCC and especially me ,  we say thank you for being a real and or a virtual farmer in helping create Hope where there was often none.  Stay tuned for plans for a project ( likely in the Congo) to help with again as we Grow again in 2015 .  I heard a quote recently saying "  You can't take money with you when you die,  but,  You can send it ahead.  This is a very good way of doing that !
Thanks again !  
 Ray the Grain Guy

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


It's Cold outside !  That's what December does to us in the Canadian Prairies...   But as we wind up the Kernels of Hope Crop year I get a very warm feeling for all the things we have done this year !
    The crop suffered some poor weather but across all of the projects it seemed to turn out better than expections were part way through the year.   The $ are still rolling in...  If you were thinking to send a donation but had someone yell squirrel and you headed off in a different direction you still have time !  Watch for a summary soon...

Ray the Grain Guy


Friday, October 17, 2014

     The crops are coming in !  90 %  of the Prairie crops have been harvested.   Some dry, some not...
some already moved to market... some getting conditioned and getting marketing plans, now that the yield and quality are evident.  That's the same as many of the Kernels of Hope crops this year! 
    A salute to all those involved in agriculture as people partner to contribute to feeding the world.
   Farmers often downplay their importance feeling they have ordinary vocations but if there is no food produced there would very quickly be no need for any other profession you could name !
                               Stay tuned for Kernels updates from 2014

   Ray the Grain Guy

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Combining Wheat at Ron's

Rain Makes Grain

  Ron and Fran have the Kernels field that is closest to the elevator that I work at.   They grew hard red spring wheat this year. They straight cut the wheat when harvesting ( not swathing but cutting it and feeding it directly into the combine )   This  helps the wheat be harvested quicker and sprout less if you have a wet harvest season like we are having in Western Manitoba..  Earl came over to give them a hand as they harvested on Thursday Sept 25 th.  We had room at the elevator to receive it straight off the field.   It had suffered from the weather somewhat but will still make a lot of bread !
It ran about 40 bushels per acre.