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Claas Sets New Harvesting Record

November 14, 2011
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

The world record of bushels of wheat harvested in eight hours has been a tug of war of sorts. But for now, the title is with Claas. Using a Lexion 770 and 40’ Vario platform, a 13-person team from Claas partnered with three Lincolnshire, England farmers to set the new record at nearly 24,000 bushels, which has been adjusted to 13.5% moisture, across 172 acres.

Claas reports its team broke the standing record in the first six and half hours.
But the Claas team didn’t stop there, in fact they harvested on for 12 more hours. By the end of the run, which lasted from Sept. 10 into the morning of 11., more than 320 acres were cut and 50,000 bushels harvested.
When the crew started at 9:46 a.m., the crop had 18% moisture, but conditions improved through the day. The completed the harvest run at 6:34 a.m. the next morning.
“By starting early in the morning in tough conditions, we wanted to show customers they can have the same level of performance in their work,” says Theo Frye of Claas.  
 A group of four combine specialists from Claas were dedicated to the machine maintenance during the attempt.
At Agritechnica, a certificate from Guinness World Records was presented to Helmut Claas and his daughter Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser by Jack Brockbank, official representative of Guinness World Records.

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