Between The Rows

Between The Rows is a weekly podcast featuring the Glacier FarmMedia editorial team bringing you the ‘story behind the stories’ in ag news and markets.

Drawing from our more than 20 print and online brands, our reporting staff will discuss the top stories and latest developments in agriculture today.

The 25-30 minute weekly program is built around a team of rotating journalist-hosts that include:

  • Laura Rance, Glacier FarmMedia Editorial Director
  • Gord Gilmour, Manitoba Co-operator Editor
  • Ed White, Western Producer Reporter & Analyst
  • Dave Bedard, AGCanada.com Daily News Editor
  • Robert Arnason, Western Producer Reporter

Between the Rows goes beyond the printed story and delves deeper to bring more detail on stories that affect today’s producers.

Each episode features 2 or more of the most important ag stories of the week, anchored by a comprehensive, in-depth look at the markets by one of our top analysts.


Ag in the federal election debate, oats flow eternal, Canada’s soils get a grade, harvest progress delays

Farmtario editor John Greig discusses the lack of agricultural debate in Canada’s federal election campaign and some key issues for Ontario farmers, Ed White of the Western Producer provides context on the announcement of a new oat-processing plant to rise up in Manitoba, Mario Tenuta with the University of Manitoba reveals findings in Canada’s “soil health report card” and his hopes for it to further improve soil health, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm offers his weekly markets report and updates how weather is souring harvest progress. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Wet fields produce harvest hurdles, taking the pulse on proteins, living with depression

Ed White talks with Brian Cross of the Western Producer about wet field conditions and harvest setbacks seen across the Prairies, Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator joins Ed to discuss their thoughts on the inaugural Pulse Protein Summit, Glacier FarmMedia’s Laura Rance speaks with Gerry Friesen about his experience living with depression, and rounding-out the show is our weekly markets and weather report with Glen Hallick of Glacier MarketsFarm. Hosted by Ed White.

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A new invasive threat enters farmyards, farm supports needed for trade troubles, feed deficits and harvest delays

Barb Glen of the Western Producer and John Greig of Farmtario report on a string of recent activist-organized farm invasions that have producers worried about their rights and sense of security, Ed White of the Western Producer and Allan Dawson of the Manitoba Co-operator discuss trade disruptions and how it’s impacting Canadian producers, and in our weekly markets and weather report, Marlo Glass of MarketsFarm offers an update on harvest delays and the feed shortage’s effect on cattle markets. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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E is for Elections: Emergencies, education tax, ethanol, eating expenses, easing exports

Gord Gilmour and Geralyn Wichers of the Manitoba Co-operator recap promises made — and not yet made — to the province’s producers as Manitoba’s incumbent Tories return to office following last week’s election; Dr. Sylvain Charlebois of Dalhousie University examines the Canadian public’s appetite for agriculture and food policy discussions leading up to October’s federal election; and Marlo Glass of MarketsFarm follows crop commodity markets through the latest harvest hassles, trade talks and a sudden spike in crude oil. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Roller crimping for weed control, soil health project rises from the ground up, rains impacting crop quality

Martin Harry, a special projects co-ordinator at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, discusses how roller crimpers can be an ideal option for zero-till weed control, Laura Rance, vice-president of content at Glacier FarmMedia, talks with a panel who collaborated on ‘Soils at Guelph,’ a new soil health initiative at the University of Guelph, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm reports on how wet conditions are making for a slow harvest and which crops are likely to see their quality suffer. Recorded at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show 2019 in Woodstock, Ontario. Hosted by Spencer Myers.

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Farm data overload, the great Outdoor, markets’ eyes to the skies

Jennifer Blair of Alberta Farmer Express returns from the AgSmart conference in Olds, Alta. with several perspectives on how an abundance of data is expected to drive farming in the future — that is, if farmers are able to make the data usable; Doug Wagner, president of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, previews the trade show’s 2019 edition, coming up Sept. 10-12 near Woodstock, Ont.; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm looks at recent weather events and crop estimates and how, or if, commodity markets have responded. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Programming for Farmer 4.0, protecting the youngest farmers, keeping crops exportably clean, waiting on market motion

RBC’s Andrew Schrumm discusses the bank’s ‘Farmer 4.0’ report and the decisions farm sector players and policymakers need to make now for Canada to be an ag superpower; Rob Gobeil of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association reviews a recent criminal negligence case and how farm families with young children can farm safely; the Manitoba Co-operator’s Allan Dawson examines the Keep It Clean campaign for the absence of input residues on crops; and MarketsFarm’s Phil Franz-Warkentin reports from the pre-harvest holding pattern in which commodity markets have been parked. Hosted by Laura Rance.


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Manitoba’s hay shortage intensifies, federal cash for dairy farmers, the DOT ownership experience, markets remain uncertain

Manitoba Beef Producers general manager Carson Callum describes the “extreme” shortage of livestock feed in Manitoba and the efforts being made to fill the feed gap, Farmtario editor John Greig reports on reaction to the cash payment announced by the federal government to compensate dairy farmers for recent trade deals, Spencer Myers of AgDealer reveals the feedback he heard from one Canadian producer using the DOT autonomous platform this growing season, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm offers a market update and forecasts when this year’s harvest will likely make markets move. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Winning at harvest loss, crop data collection in Quebec, ’King corn’ on the ropes?

Scott Garvey, machinery editor with Grainews and Country Guide, discusses combine settings, why producers can’t just “set it and forget it” at harvest, and how your grain loss monitor could fool you, Dante Manocchio, regional manager in Quebec for Richardson International, talks about La Tournee des grandes cultures (a.k.a. the Field Crop Tour) and how it collects data in the region to better predict corn and soybean harvest results, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm reports on the dramatic losses in corn markets after the release of the USDA crop yield estimates report and where U.S. wheat and soybean production landed. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Grain World takes a tour of the Prairies, the year of the ‘meatless burger,’ trade chaos continues

Neil Townsend of FarmLink shares what he saw during the recent Grain World crop tour of the prairie provinces and how major crops are developing, Crystal Mackay of Loft32 talks about the veggie protein movement, some of the public perceptions on beef consumption and how beef producers should react to negativity aimed at their industry, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm reports on the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, what it means for commodity markets and how crops have rebounded in the U.S. Midwest. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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