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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.

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Paws for the clubroot cause, defining sustainability, the rise and fall of Prairie grain elevators, in search of harvest headway

Alexis Kienlen of the Alberta Farmer Express reports on how some producers are using dogs to sniff out clubroot in canola fields, Glacier FarmMedia Ottawa correspondent David Fraser talks about conversations heard at a recent conference that challenged the definition of “sustainable,” reporter Allan Dawson with the Manitoba Co-operator reviews a new book chronicling the rise and fall of farmer-owned grain elevators on the Prairies, and Marlo Glass of MarketsFarm reports on halted harvest progress and the latest market reports. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Using science to strengthen soil health, marketing organic veggies, will fall harvests wait for spring?

Laura Rance talks with Australian farmer and soil health educator Joel Williams about using agricultural science to change the conversation around soil health and farming systems (Joel was a keynote speaker at the first Canadian Summit on Climate Change and Food Systems in Kelowna, B.C.), organic vegetable producer Gillian Flies discusses her farm’s strategy for marketing their veggies to Toronto restaurants and becoming a price-maker instead of a price-taker, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm talks about the poor conditions still affecting unharvested acres on the Prairies and the looming possibility of a spring harvest. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Canada gets an audience with China on canola impasse, Manitoba’s farmer-friendly approach to the environment, pod shatter resistant canola busting out all over

Brian Innes with the Canola Council of Canada talks about Canada and China’s recent discussions on canola exports and what it means for Canadian producers, Manitoba premier Brian Pallister announces his government’s environmental approach, with Duncan Morrison of the Manitoba Forage & Grasslands Association offering his feedback on the news, Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson finds out why pod shatter resistant canola varieties are surging in popularity, and Phil Franz-Warkentin and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm update listeners with our weekly markets and weather report. Hosted by Ed White.

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Federal election results in review, prairie barley acres bloom, a shadow over sunflower harvest

Robert Arnason of the Western Producer speaks with Ottawa reporter David Fraser about the federal election results and the reaction out of Western Canada, Carlo Dade of the Canada West Foundation shares his thoughts on the election and its potential effects on agriculture and trade, Alberta Farmer contributor Jeff Melchior discusses the increase in barley production on the Prairies, with some additional analysis from Aaron Beattie, a barley and oat breeder at the Crop Development Centre, and Marlo Glass of MarketsFarm reports on sunflower crops in waiting and the poor fall harvest conditions impacting farmers. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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A new oat plant on the Prairies, Crown lands debate heating up, asset transfers for farm families, extreme weather trumps harvest

Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour speaks with Ed White of the Western Producer about a new oat processing plant coming to Manitoba, Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator reports on recent friction around proposed changes to Crown lands leases in Manitoba, Country Guide editor Tom Button offers some context on farm succession and asset transfer for farm families, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm updates listeners on the extreme weather and poor harvest conditions in our weekly markets and weather report. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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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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