Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 49


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 06, 2004 on The History Channel
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Cutting, digging, picking, stripping, shaking, and raking--whatever the crop, there's a custom machine to harvest it. It all began with handpicking and today it's often one man and one machine harvesting hundreds of acres in a single day. The farmer may even get a little help from satellites. Far above the earth, high-resolution photography is giving the grower more opportunities to cut costs and maximize the harvest. From the debut of the sickle in ancient Egypt to McCormick's famous Reaper to the field of ergonomics that assists human harvesters, we'll dig into the past and future of the harvest.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Because raisins were so popular with Allied troops in World War II, their market price jumped from $48 per ton in 1939 to $312 in 1946.

      • In 1919, botulism killed 35 people who ate improperly canned California Black Olives. It took 10 years and safer canning methods to reverse plummeting sales.

      • In 2001, wheat ranked third in value among all U.S. crops at over $5.7 billion. Approximately one half of the crop was exported.

      • More than one half the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets. The rest comes from sugar cane.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: The name of the game is speed and efficiency. Cutting, threshing, digging, picking, stripping, shaking and raking, whatever the crop, there's usually a custom machine to harvest it. But where does the line between machine and human hands ultimately fall? Now, Harvesting, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • John Ahlrichs
        Director of Ag. Markets, DigitalGlobe

        Alan L. Olmstead, Ph.D.
        Prof. of Economics, U of Cal, Davis

        Jim Milstead
        Marketing Manager, John Deere

        Anthony Azevedo
        Farm Manager, Stone Land Company

        Jim Thompson
        Biological & Ag. Eng., U of Cal, Davis

        David Slaughter, Ph.D.
        Biological & Ag. Eng., U of Cal, Davis

        Steve Kaffka, Ph.D.
        Agronomist, U of Cal, Davis

        Frank Del Testa
        Sugar Beet Farmer

        Gary Hester
        Walnut Grower, Hester Orchards

        Dan Dreyer
        Olive Grower

        FDR (archival footage)

        John Miles, Ph.D.
        Ag. Ergonomics, U of Cal, Davis

        Norman Shiffman
        Dole Fresh Vegetables

        Mitchel Ritchie
        Korvan Industries

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Jim Hense
        Producer: Jim Hense
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Beata Genin
        Associate Producer: Tamara Phillips
        Editor: Brian Johnson
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Lauren Levine
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Researcher: Melanie Pipes
        Voice over Coordinator: Melanie Pipes
        Production Assistant: Jeffrey Perkins
        Assistant Editor: Taylor Greathead
        Post Coordinator: Laura Steinhoff
        Post Assistant: Alexander Rubinow
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Carlos Montaner
        Online Editor: Chuck Crews
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Doug Whitney
        Historical Consultant: Victor Duraj

        Special Thanks:
        Dean Acheson
        Antique Mechanics Club, UC Davis
        Shane Ball
        Galen Brown, Ph.D.
        Economic Research Service, USDA
        Heidrick AG History Center
        Donald L. Peterson, Ph.D.
        Mike Poe
        Uriel Rosa, Ph.D.
        John Skarstad
        Larry Rightler

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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