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December 6, 2015

Harvest 2013 Part 2

BBC Two 12 September 2013 - Cereals: The Seeds of Life

In this second episode we visit a classic arable farm in the east of England, the bread basket of Britain. Gregg and Philippa join farmer Tom Bradshaw at the start of his frantic wheat harvest. It's a race against time to get the crop in, using massive combine harvesters that cost more than the average house. In 2012 most British wheat farmers had a terrible year, the crop wasn't up to standard for making bread and we were forced to import bread wheat from Germany. Will Tom Bradshaw's wheat make the grade in Harvest 2013 and be good enough to be sold for bread? Stefan Gates reveals the biology behind the magic of seeds and how they germinate. Philippa explores the extraordinary precision and speed of the oil seed rape harvest that must be gathered in before a rain storm which could ruin a year's work. And we explore the grain harvest behind whisky, one of Britain's biggest exports.


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