I wish I could say that the blog has been silent these past couple of weeks because I’ve been busy combining wheat and canola. Instead, I’ve been bemoaning the cold wet weather that has kept us off the fields. As each day goes by and winter creeps closer, the situation becomes more and more critical. Not only does time become short but the longer we have to wait, the more the quality of the grain deteriorates. What looked like a bountiful harvest a few weeks ago is in danger of being lost and the mood of the community is sombre.
As long as I’ve lived in a rural community, I’ve recognized the importance of the weather to the local economy but never so much as since I started working on the farm during seeding and harvest. Now I check the forecast several times a day. Finally today we have reason for hope! Though the sky is gray and the ground wet, there’s no more rain in the 14 day forecast! If it’s correct, and oh how we hope it is, it will still be several days before we can be back in the fields. Not only does the mud have to dry so that the heavy equipment doesn’t get stuck in the fields but the grain itself will spoil if it’s combined and stored when its moisture content is too high.
We also have another reason for optimism. In over 60 years of farming, Louis (the farmer that we work for) has never seen a year without a harvest! Some have been better than others, of course. There have been lean years and years of plenty but never a year without any grain in the bins. We trust that this will not be the first.
In church yesterday, we were reminded of the words of the Old Testament prophet, Habbakuk, who said “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength.” (3:17-19a) Ultimately, our hope is in Him.