Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 308

Premiere air date: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • Without using genetic modification, Schillinger Genetics in Queen Anne’s County develops new varieties of seeds that compete with GM seeds—focusing on traits that will give the final crop a better meal quality. Scientist and farmer Billy Rhodes works at the DNA level to isolate the traits that will improve corn and soybeans.
  • A lot can happen in the five months it takes a seed to become an ear of corn. Farmer Robert Saathoff of Talbot County walks us through the process—from planting to harvest—and the potential perils that can come up along the way.
  • What does it take to keep a dairy herd in tip-top shape? Well, for starters, regular check-ups from a large animal veterinarian. Joanne shadows Dr. Locher Bray as he examines the herd at Arbaugh’s Flowing Springs in Carroll County—including giving a cow an ultrasound.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler gets picking at Butler’s Orchard, where they grow everything from blueberries and strawberries to pumpkins and potatoes.
  • Then & Now: How Corn Has Changed



Cream Separator

Farmers poured fresh milk into the top of the can, which was then placed in a tank of cold water. The cream rose to the top, leaving skim milk on the bottom. The spigot on the bottom was used to dispense the skim milk.