December 16, 2019 Newsletter
Africa Update / 10 Reasons itís Great to Grow Up on a Farm
December 16, 2019
by Calvin Lewis
I’ve been sitting and traveling a lot this last week in Mozambique from N/C Quest in Canada. N/C Quest has been working in Africa these last 5+ years, mostly in Tanzania with Mick Dennis of Fieldmasters Tanzania Ltd. Last year, we started the implementation of Bio-Agtive in Mozambique for Plexus Cotton Moz Limited. At the moment, Gary and I are currently here at Plexus servicing our systems from last year for planting this year. This requires us to travel to these remote areas to work alongside Mick and his equipment.
N/C Quest visited yesterday one of 5 farms to conduct service work. Three Bio-Agtive systems are present on this farm along with other planting equipment that does not have Bio-Agtive as of yet. Total planting of the current field is 250 hectares, stretching 3.55km long x 700m wide. Planters will take 1 hour to drive a full length, two hours to return, planting North/South. Planters are 2.4m wide. N/C Quest has been training the drivers and employees for the last two days on operating the tractor, planter, GPS and Bio-Agtive.
As mentioned in the previous newsletters, N/C Quest has supplied another 8 more systems for Plexus. We are currently awaiting the arrival of the container of the systems via ship, it seems it is taking longer than anticipated. Gary and I will be done by the 28th of this month and arrive back in Canada on the 30th in time for the new year.
N/C Quest has been discussing the possibility of having another Bio-Agtive seminar in Canada this year, location or time not yet has been set but do assume it will be around early March this year. Details will be released by the end of the year.
N/C Quest also has plans to return to Panama early in the year to further opportunities with the sugarcane industry. Panama has shown interest in the last year and N/C Quest has received support for previous trips.
It will be a busy start to the year and we hope to connect with past, current and future collaborators.
Once again, this is a short update from a very remote Africa.
N/C Quest Inc
By Donovan Lewis December 16th
10 reasons it’s great to grow up on a farm
Well, I had such a fun time writing the list last week that I thought I would expand on that idea. This week, I thought of ten reasons why it was great growing up on a farm. These are mostly taken from my own experiences growing up in southern Alberta. The summers are shorter and the winter is longer than it has any right to be. I’m sure you all have your own memories you look upon fondly, I hope you also enjoy these because there is plenty more where that came from.
- Your parents took a very Darwinistic approach to parenting. We were all thrown outside and the strongest survived. Hospital visits were usually only if a limb seemed to be attached on backward. With five siblings, ain’t nobody got time for whinging.
- Your diet never lacked in nutrients from getting large clumps of fresh cow manure flung into your mouth from a quad tire whilst checking irrigation.
- You have much more character than most people, as you had to pick all those weeds, and all those rocks, which I swear also grew back every year. Or that's what Dad assured you would happen.
- You were driven to the school bus in the tractor bucket when there were two feet of snow in the driveway and the truck wouldn’t start. I think they have higher standards of what constitutes a snow day these days.
- Your friends loved coming over because they very much enjoyed being put to work for at least three hours before we were allowed to have any fun.
- You had your first driving lesson at the age of ten and it was driving the tractor. I particularly enjoyed dumping the power clutch on the 4440 JD. Most people think you cannot wheelie a tractor. Those people are wrong.
- Your grandparents could drive to church at 140 kph in a blizzard on the gravel road without flinching.
- Your first drifting lesson came when you got your license and hit your first speed corner with washboard.
- You were never grounded for getting in trouble. However, that’s because you were 20 km from the nearest sign of civilization and your parents were secure in the knowledge that you were not willing to run very far.
- Your grandpa is 85 and still drives the combine like he’s in an F1 car
Well, that’s all for this week, but plenty more where that came from. Have an amazing week.