For their second year tending to a 200-acre charity field to the south of Marquis Road, Moker & Thompson Implements has selected the Mont St. Joseph Foundation to reap its benefits.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Moker & Thompson Implements operations manager Aaron McLean and Mont St. Joseph Foundation operating board chair John Swystun, from left, are seen at a charity field south of Marquis Road and next to a Seed Hawk drill.
Last year‚Äôs wheat field raised about $38,000 for the Red River Roping and Riding Arena re-build effort
Moker & Thompson Implements operations manager Aaron McLean said that he‚Äôs not sure how much this year‚Äôs canola field will raise, since prices are jumping up and down.
‚ÄúThe weather‚Äôs a big factor now,‚ÄĚ he concluded, adding that things are now in ‚ÄúGod‚Äôs hands.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúTwo years ago we were looking for land to rent to try out our machinery and stuff ‚Äď get them ready before we sell them to customers, demo and make sure they work right,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúLast year was our first year so we had a lot of learning curves, so this year we‚Äôre a bit more organized and have a lot more support.‚ÄĚ
A key piece of machinery to the annual effort is a Seed Hawk drill, which McLean credits as providing phenomenal, persistently even seeding.
After having seeded only six days ago, the canola crop is emerging, he said, motioning to tiny green spouts sticking out of the ground.
In addition to seeding, the equipment spreads fertilizer.
For the Mont St. Joseph Foundation, the field will mean a lot, operating board chair John Swystun said.
Although the government funds the Mont St. Joseph Home‚Äôs operational needs, ‚Äúwhat we don‚Äôt get is capital funding, depreciation of equipment, building and that type of thing,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúThe roof on our building will have to be replaced in five to seven years, at about $400,000, and we get no capital funding from the province,‚ÄĚ
McLean said that he‚Äôs just happy to have another party benefit from the charity field.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a lot of fun and it‚Äôs a good cause,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre lucky that we can do this kind of thing, and the more people that can take the opportunity to help out the community the better.‚ÄĚ