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.
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.
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.
Reconciling the truth
This week is a special edition of Between the Rows focused on Reconciliation. Urban Indigenous writer Shelley Cook shares what visiting an ‘Every Child Matters’ corn maze meant to her and her children; and, professor and writer Roger Epp talks about how farmers choosing to share the land with Indigenous people has made him hopeful. Hosted by Ed White.
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.
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.
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.