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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.


America’s probabilities, rodeo viability, canola volatility


With the Trump administration in the rearview mirror, farmers in the United States — and their farming neighbours in Canada, for that matter — may wonder what to expect from Joe Biden and company. U.S. ag columnist Alan Guebert considers what’s changed in the past four years and what might and might not change in the term to come. Also: Saskatchewan chuckwagon driver Jamie Laboucane looks at a season knocked off track by COVID-19, and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm follows ICE canola futures through a yo-yo week. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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A bull rider’s eye view of the pandemic, taking the pulse of on-farm research, export tax impacts

Professional bull rider Jake Gardner shares past experiences about life on the road and how COVID-19 has halted opportunities to compete; Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers agronomist Megan Bourns talks about the on-farm research network and shares a story about an unexpected find when harvest data results were collected after a dry bean fertility trial; and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm talks about some of the export taxes on grains appearing around the world and their impact on commodity markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Rural internet inadequacies, underground enemies, rodeo rider interrupted, canola markets ignite

This week’s Between the Rows hears from a municipal leader about the need to get rural broadband internet up to speed, how a fungus disease threatens to put a lid on growth in the Prairie pulse sector, what it’s like to be a professional barrel racer when the races are on hold, and how U.S. market reports are making an already hot canola market, heat up even more. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Going from ‘bad to best’ on grain movement, the pandemic’s effect on farmers, a 2021 market forecast

In this week’s episode, Ed White speaks with Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson about the radical transformation of the grain transportation system over the past 25 years, chats with The Western Producer editor Mike Raine about his paper’s deep dive into the farming implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and looks at the 2021 commodity markets outlook with Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm. Hosted by Ed White.

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Home ice advantage, processing through pandemics, weather weirdness

Can the Canadian livestock processing sector expect to just return to business as usual when or if we get past the COVID-19 pandemic? Very probably not, and Dr. Jared Carlberg lays out options for major industry players and policy makers to consider ahead of whatever the next crisis may be. Also: Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator pays a visit to a rural family that decided not to wait for local ice rinks to reopen, and Bruce Burnett of Glacier MarketsFarm considers what’s ahead in both a weird La Nina winter and an El Toro oilseeds market. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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Black swans, bright spots, and lessons learned in 2020

On this episode of Between the Rows, host Gord Gilmour sits down with a panel of Glacier FarmMedia editors and discusses how the pandemic has affected Canadian agriculture. What were the expected outcomes? What were the black swans? Where were the bright spots? Have lessons been learned? Are there lessons that still need to sink in? Plus, Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm joins us to talk about the topsy-turvy world that was grain transportation in 2020. From mudslide and blockades grinding the system to a halt early in the year to a triumphant fall and early winter shipping program, this is the year that had it all.

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Food prices swell, the ‘snackification’ sensation, foreign farmworkers can’t fly home

In this edition of Between the Rows, Sylvain Charlebois, one of the lead authors of the annual Food Price Report talks about rising food prices and the growth of the “single food economy; Tyler Groeneveld, the commercial grains and oils leader for Corteva AgriScience describes the modern phenomenon of “snackification” and how his company is adapting to changing consumer tastes. We’ll also hear how the pandemic has left some of Canada’s temporary farmworkers stranded far from home as the clock ticks down to Christmas. Hosted by Laura Rance.

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Let’s talk about soil, nutrient stewardship, and telling soil’s story

This week’s Between the Rows celebrates Word Soil Day, slated for Dec. 5. We’ll be speaking to Blake Weiseth of Glacier FarmMedia’s Discovery Farm about how soil health is the new black; Mario Tenuta of the University of Manitoba tells us how nutrient stewardship augments soil health; Leonard Kahn of the marketing firm Kahntact will tell us how soil health is a great story for farmers to tell and sell; and Marlo Glass with Glacier MarketsFarm offers her take on the week in commodity markets. Hosted by Gord Gilmour.

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Free trade with the UK, ag investors want to know about ESG, canola inches close to $600 per T

Canada has a free trade deal with Britain, kind of. Claire Citeau, of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, discusses the interim free trade agreement between Canada and the UK; Environmental, Social and Governance could become a ‘mega trend’ in investing, but why should farmers care? Andrea Gruza, of Bonnefield Financial, explains the basics of ESG investing; and Phil Franz-Warkentin of Glacier MarketsFarm explains why canola market futures still have an upside. Hosted by Robert Arnason.

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Alberta’s ag austerity, awaiting autonomy’s availability, autumn assessments adjusted


Cuts are landing at Alberta’s agriculture department as the province carries out a “workforce transformation” and steps off direct involvement in ag research, as Alberta Farmer Express reporter Jennifer Blair explains. Also: machinery writer Scott Garvey maps out the near-term market trajectory for autonomous tractors and what has yet to happen for self-driving iron to ever make it to the retail lot; and Glen Hallick of MarketsFarm looks at new supply-and-demand data and other fundamentals fueling the recent rallies in ag commodities. Hosted by Dave Bedard.

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