A Colorado farmer has set a new world record for the most hay cut in eight hours.
The mowing record was smashed July 1 by a Claas Disco 1100 RC conditioner mower unit, which cut 348.7 acres of alfalfa in slightly less than eight hours.
Tate Mesbergen from Mesbergen Farms near Greeley drove a Claas Axion 800 tractor to power the mower.
He beat the previous record by more than 98.8 acres.
The Claas Disco mower used a roller conditioner on the crop, which achieved an average yield of 2.12 tonnes of dry matter per acre.
With a maximum speed of 30 km-h in the field and more than 50 km-h from field to field, Tate mowed an average of 43.5 acres per hour during the world record attempt.
“Not all fields were close to one another, so it was a real challenge to quickly fold up the mower units for transport and hurry along the roads,” Mesbergen said.
The previous world record was set on grass, not alfalfa, and a mower without conditioner was used.
The Claas Disco 1100 RC has a conditioner with two V-shaped interlocking polyurethane rollers, which compress the hard stems while simultaneously preserving the leaves.
Claas plans to send the necessary documents to Guinness so the world record can be officially confirmed.