Modern Marvels

Harvesting 2

Season 13, Ep 55, Aired 11/29/06
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  • Episode Description
  • In America's orchards and farm fields, the constant struggle between hand labor and mechanization has produced dozens of efficient and sometimes bizarre harvesting methods. Learn the secrets of the orchard manager and his ladder crew as they check fruit pressures and barometric readings. Visit California's largest fruit packing house and try to keep up with 10-fruit-per-second conveyors. Then off to the corn fields of Nebraska and the cranberry marshes of central Wisconsin. Finally go underground to the world's largest mushroom farm where the harvest takes place in limestone caverns that run some 150 miles. From fruit tree picking platforms to cranberry beaters and corn pickers, farmers constantly strive to speed the harvest.moreless

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  • Max Raphael


  • Jim Hense

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: In the 21st century bringing in the harvest is a hyper speed marathon. From the fields and orchards to the caves, it’s a symphony of precision picking, sorting and packing. But where does the human hand end and the machine begin? Now: Harvesting 2, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Commentators: Michael Reimer Reimer Farms Craig Ito Ito Packing James Thompson Ap. Engineer, UC Davis Kelvin Farris Aweta-Autoline Adel Kader, PhD Professor of Postharvest, UC Davis Victor Duraj Associate Ap. Engineer, UC Davis John Sandahl Sandahl Farms Daniel Davidson, PhD Agronomist, DTN Agriculture News Service Ted Martin Farmer Dean Hanke Farm Manager Ron Lange Farmer Randy Jensen Farmer Mitch Hobby Senior Sales and Service Representative, John Deere Andy Reitz Farmland Management Services Phil Brown Glacial Lake Cranberries Elmer Bowden Glacial Lake Cranberries Dan Brockman Cranberry Farmer Ray Hableman Habelman Brothers Co. Dennis Jensen Seaview Packing, Inc. Patricia Laflin Author/Date Historian Dan Lucovich Creekside Mushrooms Ltd George Jordan Creekside Mushrooms Ltd

    Trivia (4)

    • California harvests more than 90 percent of the nectarines and plums gown in the United States and provides over 70 percent of all the peaches.

    • The state of Nebraska alone produces some 1.2 billion bushels of corn each year. That’s almost 300 pounds for every man, woman and child in the United States.

    • Growers in the state of Wisconsin harvest more than 50 percent of the United States cranberry crop.

    • The date palm tree is considered so beautiful that as many as 15,000 trees are harvested and sold each year to real estate developers.

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