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NEW DATE October 5th - World record attempt and auction of harvested soybeans delayed because of rain

Time: October 5, 2011 all day
Location: Perth County
Event Type: charity
Organized By: Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Latest Activity: Oct 5, 2011

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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.

 

WHO  
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
WHEN   

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 Harvest for Hunger
Visit http://www.foodgrainsbank.ca/harvest_for_hunger.aspx.

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.

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Comment by OntAG Admin on October 4, 2011 at 8:04am


New Date Set for Record Soybean Harvest — Rain Soaked Soybeans Sunday Afternoon

 

A 10 minute world record harvest of 160 acres of soybeans will now be attempted on Wednesday, October 5.

 

The Harvest for Hunger Committee had no choice but move the date a second time after a weather system moved through Perth County on Sunday afternoon and again soaked the 160 acres of soybeans, one kilometre north of Monkton on highway 23.

 

“We will not have much of chance at a world record if one or two of the combines plug up because the soybean plants are damp,” noted Randy Drenth, the chair of the five-farmer group that has spearheaded this fundraiser for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

 

Dozens of enterprises and hundreds of community members are supporting the effort to set a record soybean harvest. Everyone is being stretched a bit more as a result of the rescheduling.

 

In spite of the weather setbacks H4H Committee continues to target $200,000 for famine relief.

 

“Rescheduling due to weather events is normal in the business of farming,” Elbert van Donkersgoed, a spokesperson for the organizers, told the media. “The rain has not dampened the commitment of these farm families to promote the Canadian Foodgrains Bank as an effective Christian response to hunger.”

 

The arrangements for the day will remain the same as originally planned for September 30. Lunch will be available for the public for a donation to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank at noon. Bleachers have been brought to the site so that a good view of the combines can be had by all.

 

Combine engines will be started at about 1:20 p.m. in preparation for the record attempt at 1:30 p.m. Shortly after the harvest, the soybeans will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

 

The public can support the fundraiser by ‘donating a bushel’ — $20 on the website of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

 

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian Christian churches and church-based agencies working to end hunger in developing countries.

 

Background on the plans for the world record attempt can be found at Harvest for Hunger. This includes a site map.
 

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For more information contact Elbert van Donkersgoed, 519-763-2589 or Harvest4Hunger@terracoeur.ca

 

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