The Preeceville canola fundraiser finished its harvest on October 7.
The canola field was located approximately one mile west of Preeceville. The harvest was a large volunteer effort.
"A big thank you goes out to so many people and organizations for another successful arena crop fundraising project," said Andrea Tonn, Town of Preeceville recreation director and fundraiser organizer. “We are very fortunate in our community to have so many people step up to help with fundraisers. The bike and skate park fundraiser committee is extremely grateful for all the help that was received for the crop fundraiser. These are very challenging times for everyone and to have so many people pull together to help us with this project is overwhelming.”
The fundraiser efforts start off with the donation of approximately 70 acres of land west of Preeceville.
“We are very grateful to John and Carol Holizki for the gracious use of their land for this project,” said Tonn. “This is the fifth year we have been able to utilize the land, including helping with the arena upgrades in the past and now with fundraising efforts for the bike and skate park. The bike and skate park will be very well suited to our community in helping promote a healthy well being in an unstructured environment.”
Sheldon Wallin approached Boyd Ellis, territory manager from Corteva Agriscience, who provided the canola seed for this project. Dylan Myer and Myer Farms were essential in getting the canola seeded with donating $800 towards the expenses. Pattison Ag took on the spraying task.
“We are very grateful for Brian Myhr as he donated the swathing despite having to do a bit of stone dodging,” reported Tonn.
“Despite the crazy busy times, Wes Jaeb, manager at Pattison Ag, provided three combines to get the crop off in a hurry. The units were operated by himself, Tim Olson and Evan Steppan. Highway 16 Transport owners Trevor and Tyler Koshman were gracious again in donating the trucking required to get the crop to Richardson Pioneer in Canora where Craig Walsh and his crew helped the crop find a home. So many people help in this project help every year and we are forever grateful of the support of everyone involved," Tonn concluded.