Did you know that today is Guinness World Records Day? The annual event, which commemorates the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world’s bestselling copyright book, sees thousands of people all over the world attempt to secure a prestigious world records title during the 24 hour period. People from all walks of life and every corner of the earth are celebrating the weird, wacky and downright astonishing.
How is agriculture represented? Let’s take a look at some of the records held:
• As of July 7, 2006, the record for the smallest living horse is Thumbelina, a miniature sorrel brown mare who measures 44.5 cm (17.5 in) to the withers and is owned by Kay and Paul Goessling who live on the Goose Creek Farm Inc, St Louis, Missouri.
• The most people husking corn is 351 and was achieved at an event organized by Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, on July 14, 2011. The record attempt acknowledged Knott’s Berry Farm founders Walter and Cordelia Knott’s 1920’s era corn farming heritage. The record was attempted as part of the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and Guinness World Records summer 2011 partnership.
• The most spring barley seed planted in 24 hours is 163,907 lb covering an area of 1,431 acres by an unmodified AGCO Challenger MT865 tractor pulling a 60 ft wide Horsch seeder at the Agro-Soyuz farm in Ukraine from April 23-24, 2003. At 500 horse power, the Challenger MT865 tractor is considered the world’s largest production tractor. The record was set on just two fields, one having runs up to 2.8 miles long and the other up to 1.55 miles long. The average work rate was 57.8 acres/hr.
• The largest egg on record weighed 5 lb 11.36 oz and was laid by an ostrich at a farm owned by Kerstin and Gunnar Sahlin in Borlänge, Sweden, on May 17, 2008.
• The largest recorded number of livestock killed by a single bolt of lightning is 68. The Jersey cows were sheltering under a tree at Warwick Marks’ dairy farm near Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia, on October 31, 2005. A further three were paralyzed for a few hours, but later recovered.
• The most people transplanting seedlings is 1,215 achieved by Council of Agriculture Executive Yuan on an event organized by Taoyuan County Farmers’ Association in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, on August 18, 2012. The record was broken by 1,215 participants aged from 16 to 96. They used 16 minutes 20 seconds to transplant more than 300,000 rice seedlings into 2 hectares of rice paddy.
• The largest horn circumference on a steer measured 37.5 inches on May 6, 2003 and belonged to Lurch, an African watusi steer owned by Janice Wolf of Gassville, Arkansas. Sadly, Lurch died at 3 p.m. on 22 May 2010 of a cancer at the base of one of the horns. The body has been released to a local taxidermist, who will produce a full-sized taxidermy of the steer.