More than $134,000 for charitable causes
MOHALL—Local farmers showed that despite a very dry and frustrating 2021 season they are still able to produce impressive yields and generously give back to their community.
Hefty Seed Company of Mohall held its annual Yield Contest awards banquet, and the results totaled an impressive $134,086.93 donated to local charitable causes. This past harvest, area farmers volunteered their best five acres of Hefty Brand Corn, Hefty Brand Soybeans, Wheat, or Invigor Canola to try for the highest yield. Participating area farmers then donated the production dollars from the five acres of crop to the local charity of their choice. The farmer with the highest yield in each division received a free one-year lease on a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 from Drive Chevrolet in Bottineau.
Farmers may participate in more than one crop division. Due to increased participation from area farmers, donations more than doubled from last year’s total of $61,848.49. The Hefty Yield Contest has been running for 5 years now, and farmers have donated a total of $296,695 to their local communities as a result.
“We are just amazed at the enthusiasm that farmers have for the spirit of this contest and the generosity they have for giving.” Charlie Adams, Manager of Hefty in Mohall
“We are just amazed at the enthusiasm that farmers have for the spirit of this contest and the generosity they have for giving,” said Charlie Adams, Manager of Hefty in Mohall. “This year, The St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation’s Twice Blessed program and the Lighthouse Commodities Beacon Fund also enabled some of the charities to receive matching funds.”
Area organizations and causes benefiting from this year’s contest and the farmers who gave to them are as follows:
Zion Lutheran Church of Mohall received donations from Travis and Jennifer Becker, Jeff and Meg and Jerry and Deb Oberholtzer, Brady and Cara Witteman, Norm and Sarah Buynak, Nathaniel and Theresa Buynak, Andy and Meggan Gates, Peter and Bethany Gates, Jim and Susan Gates.
Dakota Hope Clinic received donations from Paul and Nadia Smetana, Guy and Wendy Solemsaas, Wayne and Chrisanne Drangsholt, Levi Feland, Randy and Kharra Fyllesvold.
Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports: Jacob and Jozey Keith, Steven and Karen Pfeifer.
Antler Historical Society: Ty Feland, Cole and Morgan Feland, Dean and Lori Feland, Levi Feland
Glenburn Fire Department: Robert and Katie Schaefer
Lansford Fire Department: Matt and Ashley and David and Muriel Leavitt
Kramer Fire Department: Daniel and Heidi Kersten
Antler Fire Department: Stacy Artz
Bottineau Winter Park: Pat and Keilah Flarety
Mohall Park Board Splash Pad Project: Chase and Danielle Holsten.
Mohall Ambulance Service: Andy and Meggan Gates
Little Flower Catholic Church of Minot: Bob and Brenda Artz
Metigoshe Ministries Camp Ojibwa: Peter and Bethany Gates
Bethel Lutheran of Antler: Randy and Kharra Fyllesvold
St. James Catholic Church of Sherwood: Guy and Wendy Solemsaas and Shane and Heidi Feland
Child Evangelism Fellowship: Wayne and Chrisanne Drangsholt
Zion Lutheran Church of Bowbells: Steven and Karen Pfeifer
The Antler Outlaws received a donation from Drive Chevrolet of Bottineau in order to further support the contest.
The top yield pickup winners in each crop division are as follows: Steven Pfeifer (Hefty Soybeans), Leavitt Farms (Hefty Corn), Chase Holsten (AgriPro Wheat), and Randy Fyllesvold (Invigor Canola).
Adams said, “All of the credit goes to these farming families. They are truly leading by example. We look forward to next year’s awards banquet following a successful 2022 harvest.”
Anyone interested in learning more about how to get involved can contact Hefty Seed Company in Mohall at 701-756-7333.