Largest wheat paddock-the Coggan family sets
[June 14] QUEENSLAND, Australia--The Coggan family from
Meandarra on Queensland’s Darling Downs has planted 905.48
hectare of wheat in 24h, smashing the previous world record
of 579ha while raising funds for heart and lung transplant
research at Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital.
Coggan family are fifth generation farmers with their holdings
spread across 20,000 hectares at Meandarra in south west Queensland.
For the record, the Coggan’s fine-tuned their
Simplicity air seeder and Multi Farming Systems planter, which
spanned 36m (120ft), hitching them behind a 397kW (530hp)
John Deere 9630T tracked tractor.
The statistics involved in this ambitious
venture required some pretty handy logistics management because
every three hours stops were needed to top-up with seed and
fertiliser. However, as down-time was limited to about six
minutes every three hours, the team was able to achieve an
average sowing rate of about 38ha/hour over their 24-hour
and Phillip Coggan also acknowledged the part played by other
members in the four-strong team, namely farm staff Les Bruce
and Stephen Wall.
Assisted by JP and local bus driver, Jerry Lynis,
the Department of Natural Resources and Water’s Dave Waters,
the CSIRO’s Peter Carburry and the Department of Primary Industries
and Fisheries’ John Sheppard, leaving the ground covered during
the attempt to be overseen by GPS technology belonging to
Goondi Communications’ Gary Turner.
Three years ago, 60 year old Mr Coggan received
a life saving heart transplant at the Prince Charles Hospital
“The doctors there are magicians. I only had a 10 per
cent chance of surviving and they pulled me through,” Mr Coggan
He had collapsed and was in an induced coma for seven
During that time his chest was opened up 12 times
and he received 150 units of blood and 200 units of factors
to allow his blood to clot. Grateful for his second chance
at life the family has contributed privately to the hospital
foundation but hope the World Record for the largest wheat
field sown in 24 hours will raise extra funds.
The idea to attempt the World Record came from
Mr Coggan’s eight year old grandson Tom.
He saw a story on an Ukraine farming company setting
a seeding world record and said to his father Phillip, “Do
you think we could do that. Could we set a world record Dad?”
The challenge has grown into an all-consuming
family affair with Phillip’s wife Cindy spending a year organising
The record attempt has raised about $40,000 so
far for the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation's research
on artificial hearts.