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Title Scope: Ag Science
Published Australia : TEN, 2009
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Summary Everything we have was either dug up... or grown. Think about it, agriculture is responsible for so much of what we use or eat everyday. So SCOPE thought it was about time that we unearthed all the science behind agriculture. Join Dr Rob as he SCOPES out a tractor that drives itself, discovers how to grow some tomatoes with out dirt and finds out how you give an alpaca a very big haircut.AG SCIENCE 101The term agriculture encompasses many types of farming and covers almost every aspect of the process. Join Dr. Rob as he visits the Toowoomba Agricultural Show in his quest to learn more about agriculture, exploring everything from tractors to fungi.EXPERIMENT: GRASS HEADSHave you ever heard the saying 'It's like watching grass grow'? Julia's here to prove that there's nothing boring about watching grass grow. She creates some fun new friends from a pair of stockings, soil, sunlight and the occasional haircut.FARM MACHINERYIt's obvious that machinery is a BIG part of agriculture, yet even farms need technology. Dr. Rob speaks with Tony Rogers from the David Evans Group about his newest machine - a self-steering tractor with an inbuilt GPS!HYDROPONIC TOMATOESDid you know that plants don't actually need soil - they just need the nutrients it contains? The process of growing plants without soil is called hydroponics. William Millis works for Flavorite Tomatoes where they grow up to 7000 tonnes of tomatoes each year - all with hydroponics.ALPACA FARMINGAlpacas aren't your average Australian farm animal. But Steve Rowley lives on a farm with up to 100 alpacas. Unlike other livestock, alpacas are surprisingly clean, have a co-operative nature and best of all, can provide up to four kilos of fleece when sheared.MUSHROOM FARMAgriculture isn't just plants and animals: its fungi too. Mick Surridge and Bill Littleson grow fungi for a living - more specifically, mushrooms. They talk us through they highly involved process of growing the button mushroom from compost to groceries.So join Dr. Rob as he checks out the Ag show, and does a spot of farming as he once again proves the ordinary becomes extraordinary, under the SCOPE
Event Broadcast 2009-11-09 at 07:30:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Agricultural industries -- Technological innovations.
Agricultural machinery -- Equipment and supplies.
Agricultural pests -- Control.
Agriculture -- Environmental aspects.
Produce trade -- Management.
Form Streaming video
Author Bell, Robert, host