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3,369 Depressing Records (And 7 Fun Ones)

Jul 23, 2012

 Records are made to be broken, and 2012 is a good year to prove that statement. As temperatures have climbed steadily throughout the summer, so have the number of temperature-related records. In fact, my most recent Google search brought me to the Climate Corporation’s website this morning. That group is now reporting that a total of 3,369 record daily highs have been broken or tied this year.

AgWeb continues to provide comprehensive coverage of the 2012 drought, and there’s not a lot of good news to share. But as we have also reported this week, farmer optimism has remained strong in the face of this hard, hot summer. In celebration of that attitude, here are seven quirky farm records, courtesy of Guinness World Records, to help lighten the mood:

  1. The largest gathering of scarecrows in one location is 3,311, in 2003 at the Cincinnati Horticultural Society's Cincinnati Flower and Farm Fest.
  2. The world's largest turkey farm is credited to Bernard Matthews, who keeps 1 million of the birds at his farm near North Pickenham, United Kingdom.
  3. The deadliest bolt of lightning on a farm killed 68 cows with a single strike in 2005 in New South Wales, Australia.
  4. The most people husking corn is 351 at an event organized by Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., last July.
  5. The most spring barley planted in a single day was 1,431 acres, on a Ukraine farm using a single AGCO Challenger MT865 tractor pulling a 60-foot wide Horsch seeder.
  6. The longest gourd measured 14 feet, 11 inches long, in a Chinese garden in 2008.
  7. The most corn cobs on a single plant is 16, grown by Iowa farmer Tyler Craig in 2009.
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