New Holland harvesting technology smashes world record

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New Holland CR10 90 world record New Holland has reclaimed the world record for most wheat harvested in 8 hours from Claas. New Holland CR10 90 world record
New Holland CR10 90 combine harvester The powerful CR10.90 combine harvester delivers 653hp and powerful features to ensure a fast, efficient and smooth harvest. New Holland CR10 90 combine harvester

New Holland has reclaimed its place in the Guinness Book of Records for most wheat harvested in eight hours, with the help of its brand new CR10.90 combine harvester.

The company’s last record was set in 2008 with the CR9090 combine but had the title snatched by Claas with its Lexion 770 technology in 2011.

New Holland managed to harvest almost 800 tonnes of wheat in eight hours on August 15, 2014, shattering Claas’ record by almost 120 tonnes.

New Holland Head of Harvesting Product Management Hedley Cooper says the team is extremely proud to have recaptured the title.

"This record demonstrates the unsurpassed capacity and productivity of the CR10.90, especially as the current record of 675.84 tonnes was broken after just six hours and 36 minutes," he says.

The harvest took place in a farm near Lincolnshire in the UK which was sown with Santiago wheat in the autumn of 2013. It was selected in May 2014 for the record-breaking attempt as New Holland says it represented real world growing conditions.

Official Guinness World Records Record Adjudicator Pravin Patel was present to oversee and verify the entire day’s activities. He was assisted by Alan Robson, Chaplain for Agriculture of Lincolnshire as the second independent witness.

The day started at 11.17am and was characterised by changing weather conditions with the ambient temperature ranging from 18 to 21 degrees and light showers occurring from 5.30pm onwards.

The CR10.90’s average throughput was 99.7 tonnes/hour and peaked at 135 tonnes/hour in a crop yielding an average of 9.95 tonnes/ha and an average moisture content of 16.2 per cent.

The record was achieved using just 1.12 litres of fuel per tonne of grain harvested, with the straw chopper engaged throughout the day.

New Holland’s CR10.90 combine, which was launched in Australia last month, is equipped with New Holland’s unique Twin Rotor technology featuring Twin Pitch High Performance rotors combined with the Dynamic Feed Roll system (DFR).

New Holland says the technology proved indispensable in breaking the record especially as the weather conditions deteriorated in the late afternoon.

Powered by the award-winning Cursor 16 engine, which develops 653hp, the CR10.90 is also compliant with Tier 4B emissions regulations, using advanced ECOBlue HI-eSCR technology to meet them. 

New Holland’s unique SmartTrax rubber track system with Terraglide suspension also helped the CR10.90 get firm traction on the ground in the changing conditions.

The 10 metre long unloading auger and 142 litres/minute unloading speed made quick work of the constantly filling grain tank.

The CR10.90 was also equipped with IntelliSteer fully integrated auto guidance, which ensures accuracy of 1-2 cm optimising the effectiveness of the 13.7 metre 840CD draper-header during every pass.

New Holland Agriculture Brand President Carlo Lambro says the title has cemented the CR10.90’s position as the world’s leading combine harvester.

"The record-breaking combine, built in our Centre of Harvesting Excellence in Zedelgem, Belgium, is the world’s first Class 10 rotary combine and exemplifies the excellence of Twin Rotor technology, developed by New Holland 40 years ago," he says.

"We are offering our customers the best possible solutions and continually improving our Brand’s performance and results in the combine business."

Key record statistics

Total time harvested

8 hours

Amount of wheat harvested

797.656 tonnes

Average tonnes per hour

99.7 tonnes/hour

Peak capacity

135 tonnes/hour

Area harvested

80.2 hectares

Fuel used / tonne grain

1.12 litres

Average moisture


Average yield

9.95 tonnes/ha

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