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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: MPT Series Maryland Farm & Harvest Visits Baltimore, St. Mary’s, and Wicomico Counties During January 7 Episode

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By Press release submission | Jan 7, 2020

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Maryland Department of Agriculture issued the following announcement on Jan. 6.

Maryland Public Television’s (MPT) popular original series Maryland Farm & Harvest, now in its seventh season, will feature farms and locations in Baltimore, St. Mary’s, and Wicomico Counties during a new episode airing on Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m.

Maryland Farm & Harvest takes viewers on journeys across the state, telling stories about the farms, people, and technology required to sustain and grow Maryland’s number one commercial industry – agriculture. MPT’s production team filmed episode segments at more than four dozen farms in preparation for its seventh season.

The episode opens with introductions at Oak Spring Farm in Freeland (Baltimore County). Other segments featured on this week’s episode include:

Drones & Farming (Wicomico County): The series travels to Middle Neck Farms in Salisbury, where eighth-generation farmer Sam Parker is applying technology to support his 400-acre farm. Sam hired MADTECH, run by Tom and Zach Marnane, to provide comprehensive information about his soybean fields. A Calvert County startup, MADTECH uses drones to help farmers assess crop health. Based on the drone’s infrared photography, the firm can tell farmers if plants need more or less water or fertilizer, identify where pests are harming plants, and see other problems before the human eye can identify them. This cutting-edge technology is helping farmers be more efficient and cost effective.

Combatting Palmer Amaranth (St. Mary’s County): A dangerous weed has invaded southern Maryland, but farmers are fighting back. Palmer Amaranth is spreading across the country at an alarming rate, and it can crowd out crops like corn and soybeans if left unchecked. To make matters worse, the weed has developed resistance to common herbicides. However, on Ernest Morgan’s farm in Mechanicsville, he is working with University of Maryland Extension agent Ben Beale to research the best ways to stop this aggressive plant.

The Local Buy: Willow Valley Eggs (Baltimore County): Segment host Al Spoler stops for breakfast at Willow Valley Farm in Glen Arm, where farmer Jamie Enders is raising 500 cage-free chickens. Al goes on an egg hunt and then learns a delicious recipe for egg clouds from Jamie’s wife, Robin. The recipe is available at mpt.org/farm.

Maryland Farm & Harvest airs on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD and is rebroadcast on Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 a.m. Each show also airs on MPT2 on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Previous episodes of the series can be viewed for free on the MPT app and online at MPT’s website.

Viewers can join in on the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by using the hashtag #MDFarmHarvest.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is MPT’s co-production partner for Maryland Farm & Harvest. Major funding is provided by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.

Original source can be found here.

Source: Maryland Department of Agriculture

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