Stephen Richmond & Jonathan Whitlam
Duration: 3 hours
First Pasture Price: £30.89
Using both archive and new footage, Stephen Richmond and Jonathan Whitlam explore the cultivation and harvesting of the potato and pea crop.
The Potato Files: This dvd examines the past and present of potato mechanisation by using a combination of archive footage and current filming to display a range of models, from the Ferguson spinner to the Ploeger self-propelled tanker harvester. The programme starts with manure spreading, ploughing and preparing the soil, taking a look at traditional systems as well as minimum tillage. The presenters cover ridging and bed-forming with particular emphasis on de-stoners such as the Grimme Combi Star. Their section on planting runs from the 1950s hand-planting to modern machines from Grimme, Reekie, Keyag and Standen. Harvesting includes the 400-500 horsepower self-propelled 4-row machines, Dewulf, Ploeger, Standen, Reekie, Grimme and Agrifac. The final section of the dvd looks at potato handling.
The Pea Files: Peas have been grown around the Suffolk town of Lowestoft since at least the 1940s when much of the job was done by hand before the advent of machines such as the mobile pea viner. Through the use of archive footage from Anglia TV's Farming Diary in the 1960s and 70s we get a glimpse of such machinery in action. Soon such machinery was replaced by much larger self-propelled pea harvesters and these machines once again changed the process of pea farming. In 2011 the story is brought right up to date with the arrival of three new PMC 989 harvesters in the fields of Lowestoft which represent the very latest technology. This dvd shows the ups and downs of the pea growers over the decades, the advance in machinery used to harvest the crop and above all pay respect to the men and women who have harvested the most easterly peas in Britain.
These two programmes can also be purchased separately within the website.