I can’t even remember all the world record-setting attempts I’ve read about in the last few years involving farm machinery in Europe. There was the one for the most tractors more than 20 years old working in one field, another was for the most vintage self-propelled forage harvesters working together, then there was the most Case IH Quadtracs in one field pulling tillage implements, and the list goes on. Those events seem to attract astonishing numbers of machines, setting the bar pretty high for anyone who wants to challenge the results that end up in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The sense of rivalry and, well, fun that surrounds farmers attitudes toward their machines over there doesn’t seem to be equalled here. We did see a record set for the most combines harvesting in one field in Southern Manitoba a couple of years ago on behalf of a charity, but that seems to be the extent of our sense of adventure in the world record department.
Granted, getting farm machines together in one place involves a lot more travelling and inconvenience here than it does in Europe, where farms are generally much closer together.
Last week, New Holland proudly announced it had set yet another Guinness record, and that, too, was in Europe.
NH had set a record for the most wheat harvested by one combine in eight hours, but later lost it to a rival brand (think German combines). Undaunted, the brand recently took its newest CR10.90 class 10 combine into a Lincolnshire, England, wheat field to get that title back. According to the NH press release, they did just that, reaping a hair under 800 metric tonnes (29,309 bushels) of Santiago wheat in the allotted time.
One CR10.90 did all that by itself while being pretty thrifty with a litre of fuel. The 16-litre FPT Cursor diesel drank only an average of 1.12 litres per tonne of wheat harvested, according to NH.
To get the job done in the given time frame, the CR10.90 was gobbling up 99.7 tonnes (3,663 bushels) per hour on average, with peak performance hitting 135 tonnes (4,960 bushels).
Harvesting conditions weren’t exactly ideal. The CR10.90 had to fight through occasional showers during the day. Those conditions had the wheat coming in at an average of 16.2 per cent moisture.
To any prairie farmer, the really astonishing number from that day will likely be that all of this happened on only 198 acres. The crop yield was—wait for it—148.1 bushels per acre! We can only dream about crops like that here—for now.