|Sask Farmers Break World Combine Record|
|Written by Neil Billinger|
|Saturday, 06 October 2012 19:21|
It is fitting that a group of Saskatchewan farmers holds the world record for most combines working simultaneously on the same field.
249 combines harvested two quarters of oats in about seven minutes on Saturday afternoon. The old record was 208 combines set in Ireland earlier this summer.
It was an exciting time for the several thousand spectators and those on the combines about 25 kilometres north of Saskatoon.
"It was fantastic," said Alvin Schultz, a Dalmeny area farmer. "Saskatchewan did it again. The support of all the farmers around here, it is great. I had my son and grandson on the combine with me as well."
There were also a few women driving combines. Erin Willems from Hepburn was operating her Dad's combine. She had three friends along for the ride and they call the experience ''cool and unbelievable."
The several thousand people in attendance took many pictures, which are now on Facebook and Twitter. However, the best views will come from the aerial shots.
"We had someone in a helicopter shooting HD video as well as photography," said Wendell Andres with Harvest For Kids, which organized the record breaking effort. "We also had a plane at a thousand feet doing still photography. There is going to be some unbelievable photos coming from this day."
The aerial video should be available in a few days on www.harvestforkids.com.
Canadian country music group High Valley drove a combine and held a benefit concert on Saturday evening. Two women from Ottawa won an on-line contest to ride along in the combine with the band.
24 year old Hannah Sheridan and 22 year old Sarah Perrault were asked for their impressions of Saskatchewan.
"It is really flat, but there are some really amazing people out here," remarked Sheridan. "We don't feel out of place wearing our cowboy boots in Saskatchewan."
All proceeds from the Harvest For Kids event will go to Children's Camps International. This includes the oat crop, merchandise sales, part of the concession and the gate from a charity concert featuring High Valley.
Children's Camps International helps kids in developing countries attend camp. It only costs $5 to send one kid to camp and organizers hope this event will raise enough money to give 50,000 children that opportunity.
Several farm equipment companies and input dealers also helped the effort with some much appreciated donations.