LISTOWEL, ON, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - On Monday, October 3, 2011, a group of local farmers and hundreds of supporters from Perth County, Ontario will attempt to set a new world record by harvesting 160 acres of soybean crop with more than 100 combines in under 10 minutes. The event (Harvest for Hunger) was originally scheduled for September 30 but had to be postponed due to rain, which prevents harvesting.
The harvest will yield about 8,000 bushels of beans which will be divided and auctioned in lots ranging in size from one bushel to 1,600 bushels (enough to fill a 40 tonne truck). Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will sell the harvested soybean crop in a live unreserved charity auction during the event, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Each lot will be sold to the highest bidder, with no minimum bids or reserve prices. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will also match proceeds raised in the auction.
||Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Local dignitaries will be on-site to determine whether a new harvesting world record is set
|WHAT||Harvest for Hunger - world record soybean harvest attempt and unreserved charity auction|
||Monday, October 3, 2011 (weather permitting).
Lunch and bidder registration will take place between 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Harvest is set for 1:30 p.m.
|WHERE||Highway 23, one kilometre north of Monkton, Ontario (between Listowel & Mitchell)|
About Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. Together with matching support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Foodgrains Bank has provided over one million tonnes of food assistance to people who are hungry since 1983.
About Ritchie Bros.
Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world's largest industrial auctioneer, selling more equipment to on-site and online bidders than any other company in the world. Ritchie Bros. offers services that enable the world's builders to easily and confidently exchange equipment. The Company conducts hundreds of unreserved public auctions each year, selling a broad range of used and unused equipment, trucks and other assets utilized in the construction, transportation, agricultural, material handling, mining, forestry, petroleum and marine industries. Ritchie Bros. has over 110 locations in more than 25 countries, including 43 auction sites worldwide. The Company maintains a web site at www.rbauction.com and sponsors an equipment wiki at www.RitchieWiki.com.