There is just too much risk of rain on Friday, September 3O, for the Harvest for Hunger Committee to put 120+ combines in a 160-acre soybean field in Perth County.

The attempt for the world record soybean harvest has been postponed until Monday, October 3 at a farm on Highway 23, 1 kilometre north of Monkton.

“The five farmers that have spearheaded this fundraiser for the better part of a year desperately wanted to stick to their Friday plan during a conference call on Wednesday but there was too much risk of wet soybeans on Friday,” said Elbert van Donkersgoed, a spokesperson for the group.

On Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. the Weather Network forecasted a ‘cloudy with showers’ day for Friday and a 70% probability of rain.

“The hundreds of volunteers committed to enabling this attempt to harvest the field in less than 10 minutes will be scrambling to re-organize their schedules,” van Donkersgoed noted. “But they will be rewarded with a grand time on Monday the 3rd as it is forecasted to be a perfect fall day.”

The goal of the record harvest is raising $200,000 for the hunger relief projects of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an agency in which 15 national Christian churches or their hunger relief agencies cooperate.

The harvest event will start at noon with the Mitchell Legion Band and lunch for the public.

All the combines will be assigned their places by 12:45 p.m. After the welcoming speeches the schedule calls for the combines to bite into the standing soybeans at 1:30 p.m.

Immediately after the harvest the soybeans will be auctioned to the public in one bushel lots and in 400 or 500 bushel lots to the grain trade.

Elbert van Donkersgoed, 519-763-2589 or Harvest4Hunger@terracoeur.ca

NOTE: Details about the harvest can be found at Harvest for Hunger. This includes pictures of the preparation of the field.

Long Term Forecast Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 15:00 EDT

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