Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 301

Premiere air date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • Researchers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore are taking to the skies for a new perspective on farming. They’re using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles—known colloquially as drones—to save farmers money and decrease nutrient runoff by determining exactly how much fertilizer should be applied to a field.
  • When a horse has a toothache, equine dentist David Butts is the man to call. He goes straight to the horses mouth to pull out baby teeth and file down sharp edges. And he does it all without sedating the horse.
  • Harford County farmer John Johnson knows that healthy soil is a key ingredient to a successful farm. That’s why he’s called in the soil doctors to perform a “check-up.” These soil scientists examine the soil—from roots to microbes—to ensure it’s as productive as possible.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler is cooking up an appetite using farm-fresh ingredients at Rumbleway Farm.
  • Then & Now: Soil Conservation

Production stills from Episode 301



Bull Blinders

Bull blinders were used to keep bulls from charging their handlers. The bull could look down to see where he was grazing, but couldn’t see anything threatening right in front of him.


Thingamajig provided by the Cecil County Farm Museum.