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Combines set to roll for world record Sept. 30

LISTOWEL - One hundred combines will gather on a Perth County farm Sept. 30 to set a world record soybean harvest.

Area farmers have prepared a 160-acre field of soybeans with a goal of harvesting it in less than 10 minutes.

“Our goal is to gather as many combines as possible to harvest the field in a very short period of time,” said Randy Drenth, one of the organizers.

The project, dubbed Harvest for Hunger, is a project to raise money for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The use of the land, field work, seed, fertilizer, crop protection, fuel and crop scouting has been donated so 100% of the proceeds from the harvest can be used to alleviate hunger around the world. The group’s goal is to raise $200,000 by auctioning the soybeans at the site right after the harvest.

Anyone interested in participating with their combine should register by contacting Peter Rastorfer at 519-347-2669, or by email to

Everyone is invited to support the project by coming to watch the record breaking event on Highway 23, 1 kilometre north of Monkton (between Listowel and Mitchell). Come for lunch - beef and pork on a bun will be served.

The public can also be part of the fundraising by donating $20 per bushel to the Harvest for Hunger project to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Donate.

Updates on the plans for the world record attempt can be found at Harvest for Hunger or Canadian Foodgrains Bank.


September 23, 2011


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