There are high hopes for a good harvest of this year's Canadian Foodgrains Bank grow project at Boissevain-Morton-Whitewater.
"Things are looking pretty good up there," said Mitch Bohrn, an agronomist and one of the volunteers that's been looking after the 300 acres of wheat planted, once again, on the Dell Frasier field near Fairfax.
"It did catch some of the rain, so it's, I would say it would be one of the better-looking fields in the area."
Bohrn expects they'll be harvesting in a few weeks.
"We don't have a date yet. We kind of play that by ear a bit and see where the rest of the farmers in the area are at for their harvest and then try to pick a date that works for lots of people to come out to participate. So, we'll make that decision a little closer in time."
It takes a whole host of volunteers and supporters to help get to harvest day.
"We get help from the farmers in the area, so one farmer might put it in, and then another farmer might do some spraying," said Bohrn. "And then at harvest time, we have some help from everybody in the area. We put a shout out, and then we try and get a dozen combines would be a good year.
And then we have some trucks, and then we have some grain carts that come out for the harvest day as well."
The project also receives donations for inputs throughout the year.
Profits from the sale of the grain is donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and is matched 4:1 by the Canadian federal government. Typically, Bohrn says, the field rakes in about $75,000 and that includes cash donations that filter in as well.
With files from Betty Sawatzky
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