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.


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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Stewards of the soil, ‘harnessing’ grain bin safety, threshermen volunteers, markets in wait-and-see mode

Geralyn Wichers of the Manitoba Co-operator reports on a recent global soil health forum of agronomists from East Africa who shared their conservation agriculture practices, Glacier FarmMedia’s Laura Rance learns about a grain bin safety harness system that protects farmers from falls, Ed White of the Western Producer learns who the people are behind the huge volunteer effort behind the Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede, and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm reports on the “doldrums” in commodity markets and why August 12 could change everything. Hosted by Ed White.

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Self-propelled round baler rolls out, these balers have four legs, building a ‘food ecosystem,’ watch your markets closely

Corey Dalman with Vermeer talks about its ZR5 self-propelled baler and why it may be the equipment upgrade you’re looking for, Alberta beef producer Graeme Finn on grazing, pasture management, and how some producers are being too soft on their cattle, Tyler Groeneveld with Corteva talks about the company’s focus on seed and crop protection products and its efforts to create a link from the ‘farm to the table’ for consumers, and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm reports on the feed situation in Western Canada and what market signals producers should keep a close eye on. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Ag in Motion turns five, new spray tech zeroes in on weeds, growing a ‘Discovery Farm’, weather and commodity markets

Ag in Motion show director Rob O’Connor talks about the terrific growth and “amazing buzz” around the farm show as it celebrates its fifth year, high tech smart sprayer Xarvio merges its scouting app and sprayer technologies to selectively target weeds with herbicide, Manitoba Co-operator reporter Alexis Stockford talks with Blake Weiseth about Glacier FarmMedia’s Discovery Farm at the Ag in Motion site and what it aims to show producers, and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm offers his look at weather, markets and the status of this year’s growing season. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Organics grow on the Prairies, is Canada’s national food policy on target?, USDA corn projections erroneous

Marla Carlson with SaskOrganics discusses the continuing growth in organic field crop production in Western Canada and what’s driving the trend, AGCanada.com daily news editor Dave Bedard speaks with ‘food professor’ Sylvain Charlebois about Canada’s new national food policy and if the plan – and financial resources – are being properly targeted, and Phil Franz-Warkentin with Glacier MarketsFarm reports on the recent USDA corn projections and why market analysts – and the department itself – doesn’t trust its own numbers. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Pork paperwork panned, grain grading granted, acreage assessments adjusted

With China’s move to block all imports of Canadian pork and beef over the discovery of bogus veterinary health certificates, Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator discusses what we know so far about the effects on Canada’s export meat markets; Allan Dawson of the Co-operator reviews pending changes to the Canada Grain Act coming out of the agreed-upon revisions to North America’s free trade pact; and Bruce Burnett of MarketsFarm observes the grain trade’s responses to the week’s weather and to new reports from StatsCan and USDA. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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