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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.


Poultry perches, data searches, commodities’ lurches

Jennifer Glenney of Farmtario tells us about health risks that poultry producers will have to manage in their flocks as they adopt new housing formats; online editor Greg Berg, at Ag Days in Brandon, speaks to farmers Eric McLean and Adam Gurr about how they sort through their collected data for information they can put to work on their farms; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm charts the bearish turn commodity markets have taken as public health officials in China and elsewhere work to contain the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Ag Days Special: Clubroot, carbon, components and cashflow

Recorded at Ag Days in Brandon, Man.: Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour talks with Farm Credit Canada chief agriculture economist Craig Klemmer about what to expect in 2020; Co-operator reporter Alexis Stockford discusses the looming challenge of clubroot and talks with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister about the carbon tax on grain drying fuels; the Western Producer’s Robert Arnason will fill us in on one farmer’s take on how to make the most of data on the farm; and Glacier FarmMedia tech reporter Spencer Myers joins us to talk about his presentation on machinery evolution and eye-catchers from this year’s show. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Mid-sized farm strengths, sustainable farm machines, paying a visit to St. Jean farm days, ’Phase One’ deal on deck

Lorraine Stevenson of Country Guide reports on the health of mid-sized farms, Ron Lyseng of the Western Producer examines the issue of equipment sustainability and how the used farm machine market is changing, Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour offers highlights from the recently held 35th annual St. Jean Farm Days, and Marlo Glass of MarketsFarm reports on the anticipation for the Phase One trade agreement between the U.S. and China and the latest WASDE report from the USDA. Hosted by Spencer Myers.

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Goodbye glyphosate, clubroot’s conquest through Canada, ag updates from the nation’s capital, mid-East tensions and their effects on Canadian producers

Barb Glen of the Western Producer offers up a topic sure to send a chill down the spine of many farmers – agriculture after glyphosate, Jennifer Blair of the Alberta Farmer Express reports on how clubroot has continued to quietly march across that province, Glacier FarmMedia’s Ottawa correspondent David Fraser discusses how federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is making the case for farmers in cabinet, and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm discusses the sabre rattling between the U.S. and Iran and the potential repercussions for commodity markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Canadian canola gets a Russian rival, adjudication frustration at the WTO, market margins make progress

Sean Pratt, reporter with the Western Producer, calls in to discuss the growth of canola production in Russia and what’s driving the shift, Ed White and Robert Arnason with the Western Producer along with Ryan Cardwell, ag economist at the University of Manitoba, discuss WTO frustrations and the U.S. move to block the appointment of new judges, and in our weekly weather and markets report, Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm explains how bad weather in some growing regions and recent trade talks are boosting soybean and wheat prices. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Solutions to farm problems, adapting to new tech, digging into datasets, digesting StatsCan crop production numbers

Glacier FarmMedia’s Laura Rance talks with Martin Entz of the University of Manitoba about how farmers can apply systemic solutions to solve complex problems, Guy Ash of Pessl Instruments talks with Western Producer reporter Ed White about the need for farmers and agronomists to adapt to new farm technologies, Spencer Myers of Glacier FarmMedia shares his impressions of Farm Forum Event and discusses how data in tools such as SWAT Maps can be essential information for farmers, and Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm dives into StatsCan’s crop production survey estimates and more for our weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Ed White.

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Myth-busting precision ag, farming less to make more, habitats for predators?, profiting with precision ag

Glacier FarmMedia’s Spencer Myers talks with Cory Willness of Croptimistic Technology Inc. about “The 10 Myths of Precision Ag,” Laura Rance speaks with Sask. farmer and agronomy coach Terry Aberhart about the past, present, and future of precision ag, Robert Arnason of the Western Producer finds out from Christian Willenborg at the U of S about how using animal and insect predators can combat weed seeds in fields, Mike Raine of the Western Producer talks with Terry Griffin about the different elements of precision agriculture and precision technologies, and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm offers the weekly weather and markets report. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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NFU’s commemoration, Ontario’s Lean exploration, wheat breeding separation, canola limitation

Farmtario editor John Greig explains how the Ontario government’s ag ministry is testing Lean principles in the business of farming; Katie Ward, president of the National Farmers Union, considers the organization’s past, present and future for its 50th anniversary convention in Winnipeg; Allan Dawson of the Manitoba Co-operator discusses how Syngenta’s exit from Prairie wheat breeding is seen as an industry wake-up call; and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm looks at the fundamentals keeping canola futures in a holding pattern. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Becoming sustainable suppliers, a strike deadline expires, our machinery editor retires

Scott Garvey, our retiring machinery editor for Grainews and Country Guide, considers where the agricultural equipment sector is headed and what farmers have to look forward to as technology advances; Noreen Lanigan of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, talks to Laura Rance about how that country’s Origin Green program for sustainable food production has helped producers develop new markets; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm ponders the potential for a work stoppage at Canadian National Railway to further weigh on commodity markets. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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