A 10 minute world record harvest of 160 acres of soybeans will now be attempted on Wednesday, October 5.
The Harvest for Hunger Committee had no choice but move the date a second time after a weather system moved through Perth County on Sunday afternoon and again soaked the 160 acres of soybeans, one kilometre north of Monkton on Highway 23.
“We will not have much of chance at a world record if one or two of the combines plug up because the soybean plants are damp,” noted Randy Drenth, the chair of the five-farmer group that has spearheaded this fundraiser for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Dozens of enterprises and hundreds of community members are supporting the effort to set a record soybean harvest. Everyone is being stretched a bit more as a result of the rescheduling.
In spite of the weather setbacks H4H Committee continues to target $200,000 for famine relief.
“Rescheduling due to weather events is normal in the business of farming,” Elbert van Donkersgoed, a spokesperson for the organizers, told the media. “The rain has not dampened the commitment of these farm families to promote the Canadian Foodgrains Bank as an effective Christian response to hunger.”
The arrangements for the day will remain the same as originally planned for September 30. Lunch will be available for the public for a donation to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank at noon. Bleachers have been brought to the site so that a good view of the combines can be had by all.
Combine engines will be started at about 1:20 p.m. in preparation for the record attempt at 1:30 p.m. Shortly after the harvest, the soybeans will be auctioned to the highest bidder.
The public can support the fundraiser by ‘donating a bushel’ — $20 on the website of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian Christian churches and church-based agencies working to end hunger in developing countries.
Elbert van Donkersgoed