It took less than seven minutes for 303 combines to harvest a field of winter wheat south of Winkler, Manitoba on Saturday.
The Guiness Book of World Records was on hand to verify the new mark which beat the old record of 244 combines set during a similar event near Dalmeny, SK in 2012.
“It was kind of a surreal moment for me because I was in the basket with the Guiness guy about 40 feet off the ground,” said organizer Dave Thiessen. “You could see all of the people underneath us. Then the combines started to rumble and you could see them all moving. It was pretty special.”
Thiessen adds there were a few weather concerns at the beginning of the day.
“Waking up at 4 o’clock this morning to the booming sound of a thunderstorm, that’s not what you want to hear. We had a little bit of rain and that’s exactly what we needed because it was pretty dry.”
The 303 combines came from all over southern Manitoba, including Virden near the Saskatchewan border.
The event was a fundraiser for Children’s Camps International. Organizers will use all of the proceeds to send kids to camp in developing countries.
(Above photos: John Adam/Twitter)