20 episodes

Join veteran farm broadcaster Ken Root as he invites some of the brightest minds in agriculture to an open conversation about topics that affect your operation, your livelihood and your future.

Staying on top of agriculture’s latest trends and developments is a full-time job. From the growing role of technology in farming to the challenges of sustainability, weed and disease resistance, commodity prices, trade imbalances and changing weather patterns, we’ll explore these issues and more with in-depth conversations and solutions.

The Root of the Matter UPL

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Join veteran farm broadcaster Ken Root as he invites some of the brightest minds in agriculture to an open conversation about topics that affect your operation, your livelihood and your future.

Staying on top of agriculture’s latest trends and developments is a full-time job. From the growing role of technology in farming to the challenges of sustainability, weed and disease resistance, commodity prices, trade imbalances and changing weather patterns, we’ll explore these issues and more with in-depth conversations and solutions.

    Succession Planning

    Succession Planning

    The new year is a perfect time to start planning for the future. Succession planning is a necessity for any business owner. Ken sits down with Wesley Tucker, a University of Missouri field specialist and expert in succession planning, to discuss how important making a plan is and what steps growers should follow.

    • 31 min
    The Impact of Biosolutions in Agriculture

    The Impact of Biosolutions in Agriculture

    What are biosolutions, and how do growers use them on their crops? Changes in consumer demands and increased awareness of the environmental impact of growing food has increased the need for biosolutions. Ken sits down with Natalie Hummel, UPL’s Global Head of New Ag Technologies and NPP Platforms, to discuss where biosolutions fit in agriculture and how they are changing crop protection.

    • 29 min
    Christmas Tree Farming

    Christmas Tree Farming

    Christmas trees are a staple for many during the holiday season, but do you know what goes into growing each tree? Weather conditions are affecting supply as demand for real trees is increasing. Ken sits down with Dr. Melvin Koelling, owner of Tannenbaum Farms and retired forestry professor, and talks about Christmas tree production and its agritourism opportunities.

    • 30 min
    The Pulse on Pulses

    The Pulse on Pulses

    Pulses have a long history, with the first evidence dating back 11,000 years ago. But what are pulses? Due to changing consumer diets and nutritional wants, pulses are becoming more popular. Ken sits down with Julianne Curran, vice president of market innovation at Pulse Canada, and talks about pulses and the products produced from pulse crops.

    • 30 min
    From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate – Producers Struggle with Supply Chains

    From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate – Producers Struggle with Supply Chains

    How have producers been affected by supply chain disruptions? Due to COVID-19 and labor shortages, consumers are seeing increased prices and producers have been forced to adapt new production systems. Ken sits down with Mallory Rahe, Extension Education professor at the University of Missouri, and talks about the effects of input costs and supply chain issues on consumers.

    • 27 min
    End-Use Markets: Malting

    End-Use Markets: Malting

    Are craft breweries the next big purchaser of barley? Due to consumer demand for sustainability and a taste for niche products, malted barley is increasing its presence as a brewing grain. Ken sits down with Matt Hamill, maltster at Red Shed Malting, and talks about malting barley and a new opportunity for growers in barley production.

    • 30 min

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