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.
Home for the holidays
The Christmas season is chock-full of traditions, many of which result in a bountiful harvest of memories of family, friends and a sense of community that we carry with us for many years. In this episode of Between the Rows, our hosts from this past year share their Christmas memories such as carolling for neighbours, daydreaming over holiday mail-order catalogues, Santa getting stuck in the furnace, games with food, making ice-cream from scratch on the farm, a year-end doggerel, and more. Hosted by Laura Rance.
Data management on the farm
Data management on the farm has come a long way since the days of keeping a pen and notebook in the tractor. But are farmers capturing maximum value from the "crop" of data they now harvest every year? In this special sponsored edition of Between the Rows, we discuss how farmers are changing the way they use data and what to look for in a data management packages with Krista Kilback, marketing manager for AgExpert at Farm Credit Canada, and Justin Funk, partner of Real AgriStudies. Hosted by Laura Rance.
The week after Canola Week
Sustainability still reigns in discussions of farming's future, and canola is no exception. Alberta Farmer reporter Alexis Kienlen recaps the Canola Week conferences in Saskatoon, where topics at hand included not only improving the plant and its efficiency in the face of climate change, but also the use of the crop as a feedstock for new reduced-footprint renewable diesel. Also: for all the apparent day-to-day drama in canola futures, they're still entrenched in the $800-$900 per tonne range. Phil Franz-Warkentin of MarketsFarm discusses what's behind the near-term fluctuation and what it'll take to break out of that range one way or the other. Hosted by Dave Bedard.
Selective palates, watershed discussions
The variety of plants that grow on pastures are many, so how do cattle choose what to chow down on and what to snub? Laura Rance speaks with author and animal behaviour scientist Fred Provenza about the foraging habits of cattle and why taste is more than just flavour on the tongue; Western Producer reporter Ed White talks with Garry Wasylowski of the Manitoba Association of Watersheds about its ‘boots on the ground’ approach to watershed management, Ananda Fitzsimmons of Régénération Canada about the role that farmers play in preserving rural areas, and one Manitoba producer about how his cattle help support the natural environment. Hosted by Ed White.
Genetically edited discourses about food
Earlier this year, Health Canada revised its rules to allow more genetically edited foods into the market without special safety checks. Now, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency may be on a similar path when it comes to genetically modified seeds. Dr. Cami Ryan with Bayer AG discusses the differing viewpoints between the public and scientific communities when it comes to the safety – and acceptance – of GM foods; plus, Marla Carlson with SaskOrganics shares why organic farmers are concerned that an upcoming decision by the CFIA may not include genetically modified seeds into a mandatory registry. Hosted by Geralyn Wichers.
Cultivating Safety: Seasonal safety tips for farmers
As the mercury begins to dip and the harvest season draws to a close, icy temperatures, fewer daylight hours and the threat of winter storms pose new safety hazards on the farm. Preparing for the risks common to the season can help to protect your people, your livestock and your equipment. Cultivating Safety Between the Rows is back with timely safety expertise, resources, and solutions to protect your farms greatest asset.
As the winter season sets in, Hosts Kristin Hoffman, Consultant with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and Gord Gilmour, of Glacier FarmMedia talk to the experts for advice on how to minimize risk and avoid accidents.
On this episode, managing exposure to the cold, ice and snow on the farm. Fred Young, WSPS Consultant, joins Kristin and Gord to talk winter safety.
In the second half of the show, working alone may be an unavoidable part of your farming activities, but recognizing potential hazards, planning ahead and focusing on the work at hand can reduce the risk of injury or death. Nicole Sherman, a consultant with WSPS, highlights some of the dangers and shares guidance on how to stay safe while working alone.