Canadians set new world record for most combines working in one field

By: Chris McCullough

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A new Guinness World Record for the highest number of combines working simultaneously in one field has been set in Canada

Over 300 combines took part in the Harvest for Kids event
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A total of 303 combines were 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 was set in 2012, also through a Harvest for Kids project in Saskatchewan.

All accounted for, combines must work for at least five minutes to achieve the world record. In this case the combines rolled for seven minutes in a 125.5-hectare field, cutting 100 hectares of crop.

Thousands of spectators witnessed the record breaking event, which hopes to raise around $5 million, giving one million kids in developing countries the opportunity to attend camps through Children’s Camps International. 

Canadian farmers and businesses have shown how passionate they can be by working together and giving generously, to make a difference to children on the other side of the globe. 

Harvest for Kids main coordinator George Klassen, who also drove a combine during the event, was delighted with the event.

"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. Robertson says it’s important that the guidelines are the same for anyone attempting this record.

"If they’re all collecting the crop for a full five 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.

"What’s quite cool about this one is the way the communities have come together," Robertson adds. "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."

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