Foodgrains looks for large harvest

It’s had all summer to grow, and now Ponoka’s Foodgrains Project field is ripe to be harvested.

It’s had all summer to grow, and now Ponoka’s Foodgrains Project field is ripe to be harvested.

Eight to 14 combines will harvest 170 acres of barley on Sept. 28, weather permitting.

“Last year $30,000 in wheat was sent away. We’re hoping for better this year; that wasn’t a very good crop,” said Larry Henderson, Ponoka Foodgrains Project committee member.

In previous years the project field has generated $60,000 to $70,000.

Last year the crop helped 35 countries.

“We have good support from our farmers, and also a lot of support from individuals and churches” said Henderson. He said the machinery, fertilizer, insurance and cash donated by the business supports was also appreciated.

Henderson encourages everyone to come to the free event; although he says donations are welcome.

“It’s a community event. We’re having a big harvest lunch out there.”

Henderson says normally 100 to 150 people come out to the event. “We have a pretty good time out there.”

The Foodgrains Project Field can be found three miles south of Ponoka along Highway 2, then west on C and E Trail (Township Road 423A). “People can also reach it by going west on Spruce Road, and they can follow the signs,” said Henderson.