A new Guinness World Record for the highest number of combines working simultaneously in one field has been set in Canada on Saturday, August 4.
A total of 303 combines were counted and accredited working all at once in a field of winter wheat south of Winkler in Manitoba raising money for Children’s Camps International (CCI) through its Harvest for Kids event.
The previous record of 244 combines working in the one field for five minutes was set in 2012 also through a Harvest for Kids project in Saskatchewan. All accounted for combines must work for at least 5 minutes to achieve the world record and in this case the combines rolled for 7 minutes in the 125.5 hectare field cutting 100 hectares of crop.
Thousands of spectators took in the sights of hundreds of combines at work in the one field to break the record. It is hoped the event raises enough cash, around $ 5 million, to send one million kids to camp through the ministry of Children’s Camps International which seeks opportunities in the developing world to partner together with local leaders, equipping them to reach their communities. Harvest for Kids was created to raise awareness for CCI through inviting the agricultural community to get involved. Canadian farmers and businesses have shown how passionate they can be about giving back, working together to give generously and sacrificially to make a difference in the lives of children on the other side of the globe.
George Klassen was the main coordinator for the record attempt and also drove a combine during the event. He said: “That was just such a great feeling, sitting in that combine and realising what all came together to make this happen. It’s fantastic.”
The record was authenticated by Philip Robertson, Guinness World Records adjudicator, who was present to witness the feat for himself. He said it’s important that the guidelines are the same for anyone attempting this record. Philip said: “If they’re all collecting the crop for a full 5 minutes, and actively moving, we can accept all of the vehicles.” Hundreds of combine drivers, volunteers and sponsors from all over southern Manitoba united to set the new world record. Philip added: “What’s quite cool about this one is the way the communities have come together. They’re all giving up their time, money, and effort for the cause. That’s why I love this job. I love seeing attempts like this come together.”