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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, 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.


Perfect poultry, pollinator protection and notes on oats

From Glacier FarmMedia’s multimedia special Seeding The Future, Lisa Guenther and Kristy Nudds take us into the mind of a man aiming to breed the perfect chicken while also preserving the diverse genetics found in birds along the way. Also: Matt McIntosh speaks with Ontario agronomist and beekeeper Jennifer Doelman about the benefits that can be harboured above ground level in buffer strips in your fields. And while Chicago oats recently punched up past US$6, Phil Franz-Warkentin explains how there’s not much connecting that drama directly to the Prairie cash market. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Renewable diesel on the rise

Biodiesel has been around for years, but it’s about to be displaced by the new fuel on the block – renewable diesel. Sometimes known as green diesel, the fuel is made from vegetable oil and animal fat, and it can completely replace conventional diesel in trucks, tractors and trains. On this week’s show, Sean Pratt of the Western Producer, David Bressler of the University of Alberta and Ian Thomson of Advanced Biofuels Canada, discuss the future of renewable diesel and the implications for Canadian farmers. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Bees with jobs, post-election direction, Canada’s ‘super ministry’

Can bees be employed to deliver crop protection products? Asish Malik, CEO of Bee Vectoring Technology, explains its award-winning system that delivers biological pest and disease control to crops; D.C. Fraser, Glacier FarmMedia Ottawa correspondent, offers his take on the results of this week’s federal election and how much – if anything – has changed for Canada’s ag sector; and Kim McConnell with the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute spells out why the agriculture and food portfolio needs to be elevated to a front bench ministry. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Fall fertility and pulse marketability

Some Prairie growers may be able to get a head start on next year’s seeding — and maybe a somewhat smaller bill for inputs — by putting down fertilizer this fall. Soil fertility specialist John Heard of Manitoba Agriculture discusses the hows, whats, whens and wheres. Also: checking in after last week’s Pulse and Special Crops Convention, Sean Pratt of the Western Producer explains how the market picture may have been redrawn for Prairie pulse growers. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Canola guaranteeing, mental well-being, supply/demand foreseeing

As crop insurers brace for what could be record payouts this year, Tyler Groeneveld, Corteva’s commercial grains and oils leader for North America, tells us about a new approach the seed company is taking to share risk with canola growers. Also: Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm considers the ways in which this year’s crop production shortfalls may spill over into next year’s seeding decisions; and Bruce Thorson speaks with Guelph researcher Dr. Briana Hagen about a new way to help farmers, and those around them, learn to assess mental health needs. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Livestock Days AIM 2021: Stock dogs, managing stress, tracking trace minerals

Canadian Cattlemen editor Lisa Guenther brings us a few highlights from Ag In Motion’s inaugural Livestock Days, held at Langham, Sask. Jolie Vermette of Rafter View Ranch and Ranch Dog Inc. shares her passion for working stock dogs. Cynthia Beck, farmer and clinical psychology masters’ candidate, tells us about chronic stress and how to manage it. Finally, […]

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Slaughter shortages and statistical summaries

With COVID-19 and a months-long strike having created backlogs of hogs in Quebec alone, can the protein sector find solutions that don’t leave livestock producers on the hook? Canadian Pork Council vice-chair Rene Roy considers the stakes farmers face in his region; and, Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm considers this week’s drought-dented crop production estimates from Statistics Canada. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Meeting the need for feed, scouting for spot, after the rains

Farmtario reporter Diana Martin talks to Rob Lipsett, Beef Farmers of Ontario president, about getting hay and financial support to livestock producers affected by drought; plus, Diana speaks with Albert Tenuta, field crop pathologist with OMAFRA, about identifying tar spot in corn and what steps Ontario growers can take to manage it; and Bruce Burnett and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm offer a crop update after recent rainfall on the Prairies – how it measured up against this year’s drought – and a look at commodity markets. Hosted by Ed White.

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Trudeau triggers an election, prosperity in a pandemic, harvest estimates retreat

In this episode, Glacier FarmMedia Ottawa correspondent D.C. Fraser gives us the inside track on the federal election from an agriculture perspective; Farmtario reporter Diana Martin shares a direct-to-consumer farm marketing success story that arose out of the pandemic; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm tells us exactly what all those downward revisions of crop production estimates mean. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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