Commodity prices good for Kings’ fund-raiser

Published on Tuesday, 15 November 2022 07:37

The Dauphin Kings agriculture project proved to be another success this year.

Project co-ordinator Rae Csversko said a field of 78 acres in the Keld area was donated to the project last year, but because of the wet spring, it could not be seeded this year, leaving the local junior A hockey club with only the land rented in the Industrial Park.

“We just got in the field in the Industrial Park area at the very last date you can to seed land. But it was unfortunate, because we did really well with that land in the Keld area last year,” he said. “So we just had the roughly 126 acres that we leased from the RM and City of Dauphin.”

The canola crop was harvested, Oct. 3, with the help of the three local farm equipment dealerships.

The ag. project, Csversko said, is a group effort with everything that goes into it being donated so the club can maximize its profits.

“Gary and Cory Sydor are the key players with respect to getting things going, as well as Jeremy Knutson,” he added. “These people do an immense amount of work and the input. It’s one thing to harvest the crop, but there’s a lot of people involved in getting the crop in.”

Csversko reported about five to 10 acres were lost due to wet field conditions, but they still managed to harvest 4,606 bushels, which were hauled straight to Cargill elevators. Because of the high commodity prices, the Kings were able to raise about $83,000 through the project this year.

“And that’s because of the extraordinarily high commodity prices and the fact that it costs nothing. All the seed, all the chemical that we use, it’s all donated. And that really makes a difference. It really does,” he said.

With the Kings paying off its debt last season, this money will go a long way to keeping the team financially viable.

Csversko credits all the volunteers and local businesses who contribute their products, time and effort to making the project a success year after year.

“If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be doing it,” he said.

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