The Airport Farming Project may have been the one hitting its 20th birthday, but it's the Yellowhead Centre and Neepawa Curling Club that will be getting the 'presents' this fall.
About a dozen farming families combined to complete the 20th harvest of the project last Wednesday, raising an estimated $60,000 to be split evenly by the Neepawa Curling Club and Yellowhead Centre.
Farmers taking part came anywhere from Mentmore to Eden.
“It was a pretty good yield. The crop came off dry and was hauled straight to the elevator,” this year's project organizer Stephane Lapointe explained.
The volunteers harvested 300 acres Wednesday over a span of about five hours. The yield was about 54 bushels per acre, or a total of 16,167 bushels of red spring wheat with No. 1 quality.
It was a team effort, as eight combines completed straight cutting while eight semis hauled to the elevator at Pioneer, in Dundonald.
“It's about a two hour round trip,” Lapointe noted of the travel commitment by drivers.
The efforts were also supported by donations from Neepawa area businesses, and Lapointe noted the project couldn't be complete without the continued support it gets.
“I'd like to thank the area farmers and truckers that took the crop off,” Lapointe said. “Also, thanks to our business support.”
Project organizers noted they expect they will go back to canola for the crop choice next year.