Breaking World Records with 139 Antique Threshing Machines

A record keeper watches as the machines harvest their way through the Harvesting Hope winter wheat field. Photo by Rudy Gauer

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum and Canadian Foodgrains Bank teamed up with over 600 volunteers from 100 Canadian communities to attempt a record-breaking harvest this week, at Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry.

Over two years of planning culminated into 139 (of 148) threshing machines harvesting wheat for 15 minutes at the Museum on Sunday. All combined, the machines had 6100 horsepower of engine capacity, and, threshing at roughly 17000 bushels per hour, successfully harvested 30,000 sheaves of winter wheat.

“This was truly a celebration of our agricultural heritage,” said Elliot Sims, co-chair of the event. “We’re all very happy to have succeeded, and the feedback we’re getting is great. Everyone seems to have really enjoyed themselves.”

The Harvesting Hope planning committee hopes to hear from Guinness World Records by early September. Until then, the record-break is unofficial.

Money raised from the event will be split between the Museum and Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

The official record for most threshing machines operating simultaneously (at least for now) is 111, and was achieved at Festival de la Curd in St-Albert, Ontario on August 15, 2015.

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