Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 55

Harvesting 2

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 29, 2006 on The History Channel
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Harvesting 2
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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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • 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.

    • 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

        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

        Dean Hanke
        Farm Manager

        Ron Lange

        Randy Jensen

        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

    • ALLUSIONS (0)