23 Sep 2011

Ontario farmers to attempt world record

A group of Ontario farmers are trying to set a world record and help feed the hungry at the same time.

At the end of the month, local farmers will try to harvest 160 acres of soybean crop with more than 100 combines in less than 10 minutes.

Hundreds of supporters have donated money to the farmers' goal, all of which will go toward Harvest for Hunger, a charity that local growers established, which aims to help end starvation.

"All the funds raised from the harvest will help the Canadian Foodgrains Bank provide critical food aid to drought ridden areas such as Ethiopia and Kenya," said Richard Van Donkersgoed, fundraising coordinator for the charity.

Overall, the harvest is expected to yield approximately 8,000 bushels of soybeans, which will be auctioned off. Those funds will also go toward Harvest for Hunger's fundraising efforts.

With that kind of crop yield, clearly the farmers have a quality product that was well maintained throughout the season. It's likely that they kept their farm equipment in storage units to make sure they were in good working order for the summer.

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