New Holland Agriculture has reclaimed the Guinness World Records title, harvesting 797.656 tonnes (29,308.84 bushels) of wheat in eight hours with its 653 hp CR10.90 Elevation combine.
“We are extremely proud to have recaptured the Guinness World Records title for harvesting almost 800 tonnes (30,000 bushels) of wheat in eight hours, shattering the previous record by more than 120 tonnes (4,409 bushels),” says Hedley Cooper, head of harvesting product management. “This record demonstrates the unsurpassed capacity and productivity of the CR10.90 Elevation, especially as the current record of 675.84 tonnes (24,832.87 bushels) was broken after just six hours and 36 minutes.”
The record was set on August 15, 2014 at H.R. Bourn and Sons Farm in Grange de Lings, near Wragby, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. The field was sown with Santiago wheat in the autumn of 2013 before it was chosen in May 2014 for the record-breaking attempt, which meant that it represented real-world growing conditions.
The record-breaking day’s harvesting, which started at 11:17 a.m., was characterized by changing weather conditions, with the ambient temperature ranging from 64-70°F and light showers occurring from 5:30 p.m. onwards. The CR10.90’s average throughput was 99.7 tonnes/hour (3,663 bushels/hour) and peaked at 135 tonnes/hour (4,960 bushels/hour) in a crop yielding an average of 9.95 tonnes/ha (148.1 bushels/acre) and an average moisture content of 16.2%. The record was achieved using a mere 1.12 liters of fuel per tonne of grain harvested (124.6 bushels/gallon) with the straw chopper engaged throughout the day.
The entire day’s activities were overseen and verified by Mr. Pravin Patel, the official Guiness World Records Record Adjudicator, who was assisted by Alan Robson, Chaplain for Agriculture of Lincolnshire as the second independent witness.
The record-breaking CR10.90 Elevation is equipped with New Holland’s Twin Rotor technology featuring Twin Pitch High Performance rotors combined with the Dynamic Feed Roll system (DFR). According to New Holland, this combination proved indispensable in breaking the record especially as the weather conditions deteriorated in the late afternoon.
Powered by the award-winning Cursor 16 engine, the CR10.90 Elevation is also compliant with the Tier 4B emissions regulations, using advanced ECOBlue HI-eSCR technology to meet them. Traction comes courtesy of the SmartTrax rubber track system with Terraglide suspension.
The extra-long 10-meter (34-foot) unloading auger and fast 142 liters/minute (four bushels/minute) unloading speed made quick work of the constantly filling grain tank. The CR10.90 was also equipped with IntelliSteer fully integrated auto-guidance, which ensures accuracy of 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8-inches).