[An image and a maple leaf appear on screen. This is the title graphic for the video.]
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Text on screen: Growing Corn in the Cold; Solutions for Dairy Farms in Northern Regions
Narrator: Milk production is up...
[The video opens with an interior shot of a dairy barn. The cows are all enjoying a meal.]
...at the Robert Walsh Dairy Farm in St. John's, Newfoundland...
[The shot changes to a different shot of the cows eating inside the dairy barn.]
...thanks in part to a crop...
[The shot changes to show a farmer examining an ear of corn.]
...that can now be grown in Newfoundland and Labrador's short growning season. Corn!
[Cut to a shot of a tractor applying plastic mulch to a couple of newly planted corn rows.]
It's growing with the help of this: a biodegradable plastic covering...
[Cut to a close up shot of new corn plants poking through the layer of plastic mulch.]
...over new corn rows that extends the growing season up to five weeks.
[Cut to a shot of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researcher Allan Kwabiah walking through a corn field.]
It's a technique that was developed for the island by...
[Cut to a close up shot of Allan Kwibiah examining a corn plant.]
...Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researcher Allan Kwabiah.
[Cut to a shot of researcher Allan Kwabiah standing in a corn field. He is speaking slightly off camera.]
Dr. Allan Kwabiah: It serves...
[Cut to a close up shot of a young corn plant poking through the plastic mulch. Several red arrows appear to show how the plastic captures heat and moisture against the soil, acting like a greenhouse for the young plant.]
...as a greenhouse by warming up the soil and air...
[The shot returns to Allan Kwabiah standing in the corn field.]
...in which the corn is seeded.
[The shot cuts back to the close up of the young corn plant poking through the plastic mulch. The red arrows also reappear.]
The temperature difference is about...
[The shot of the young corn plant slides to the right and half of the screen fills with white. Text appears on this new white area.]
Text on screen: Temperature difference of 8˚ to 10˚ centigrade
...eight to ten degrees centigrade between the soil and the air, inside the plastic mulch and outside.
[Cut to a shot of a farmer walking through a corn field.]
Narrator: Walsh is now among a group of dairy farmers in the province who are growing...
[Cut to an aerial shot of a corn field.]
...more than one thousand acres of the high-energy feed.
[Cut to a different shot of a young corn plant poking through a sheet of plastic mulch.]
The technique is also being used by...
[Cut to a shot of a young woman unloading fresh corn at a local produce market.]
...vegetable growers to deliver fresh, local sweet corn to consumers.
[Cut to a shot of several trucks lining up a at grain elevator.]
Shipping feed to Newfoundland's dairy farms...
[Cut to a close up of an ear of corn destined for animal feed.]
...has always been an added cost.
[Cut to a shot of corn being harvested.]
Now, island producers can reduce their feed costs with this local crop.
[Cut to a shot of a tractor applying plastic mulch to new corn rows.]
It's a technique worth considering for dairy and livestock producers in other northern regions in Canada.
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Text on screen: Modern. Innovative. Growing. Discover other agricultural innovations at www.agr.gc.ca.
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Text on screen: Canada, © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (2016).
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