Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ron VanHeyst Canola

This canola field by Brandon got off to a slow start.. if you look close you will see some canola plants... by the end of the week you  could see the rows from the highway...  We are making progress !

June Early and Late

     Our fields in the Prairies got off to early starts for the most part.   But early turned into late for some...  frost killed off lots of canola if it was up and out of the ground in the east side of the Prairies. Cereal crops like wheat seemed to survive pretty well.  Extreme dry weather in the West meant that canola which is seeded very shallow and not always down to the moisture was very slow to start...  Flea beetles who like to chew holes in the canola leaves were happily eating any canola plants they could find !
They can cause huge damage until the plants can get larger and outgrow the beetles damaging appetites.  Wheat started fine in the west too and even if the soil is pretty dry it can set its roots deeper to reach moisture which is very good for later in its life.   Just like people !     We have added a new Kernels real farmer this year.   Hudye Soil Services who have been such a large supporter of Kernels by quarterbacking and connecting the producers near Norquay in the Helping Feed the World initiative have passed the torch on to Prairie Soils...  Parker and the crew are up for the challenge of helping our friends in the Congo to produce more food for their families this year...  
    We have great potential of making a huge difference again for people in need...
        The adventure continues !

     Ray the Grain Guy

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring is Sprung !

We are off to a good most areas of the Prairies the fields are passable. Most often the earlier you seed the better the yield will be.  Much of the wheat is seeded and canola is soon to be.  We have many return Kernels farmers and can use more if you have been thinking about it !  We have finished the Project we have been working on and leaving people in a much better place in life than they were. 
   As of yesterday we were able to find another project in a nearby part of the Congo.  I will give you more news on all of the 2015 Project soon !

Till next time,
Ray the Grain Guy

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