32 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.

    Overcoming Agriculture’s Biggest Challenges Through Innovation and Collaboration

    Overcoming Agriculture’s Biggest Challenges Through Innovation and Collaboration

    Host Ken Root visits with Craig Brekkas, Head of UPL North America, about UPL’s purpose, OpenAg and what agriculture needs to move forward and thrive in the future. Through the OpenAg approach, UPL builds new partnerships and collaborations to overcome agriculture’s biggest challenges.

    • 26 min
    Canadian Wheat and Trade

    Canadian Wheat and Trade

    Wheat and grain growers are facing many challenges that factor into their management decisions. In this episode, we talk to Gunter Jochum, president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA), about what he sees as a wheat grower and how factors such as trade, transportation, weather and government policy affect his and other Canadian farming operations.

    • 25 min
    Let’s Fall into Pumpkins

    Let’s Fall into Pumpkins

    Leaves falling, cool weather and pumpkins are all signs that it's fall! In this episode, we talk to Mac Condill with the Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, Illinois, about cucurbits, more specifically pumpkins. Mac, a horticulturist, grows over 300 types of pumpkins, squash and gourds and has traveled the world gathering seeds to preserve heritage varieties.

    • 37 min
    Inaugural Winner for Allies for Agriculture

    Inaugural Winner for Allies for Agriculture

    A second-generation almond farmer from California’s Central Valley is the inaugural Allies for Agriculture winner. Listen in as our host visits with Christine Gemperle as she talks about almonds, sustainability, pollinators, and water usage; and learn why she is proud to be an ally for agriculture.

    • 32 min
    Are Resistant Weeds Winning the Game?

    Are Resistant Weeds Winning the Game?

    It’s the bottom of the ninth, the bases are loaded, and Team Resistant Weeds look like they have the advantage over Team Farmer. Can Team Farmer better use herbicide strategies to beat weed resistance? Join commentators Dr. Aaron Hager and Ken Root as they discuss how farmers can strike out weeds.

    • 29 min
    The Future of Grain Monitoring

    The Future of Grain Monitoring

    Can you imagine being able to monitor your grain from only your smartphone? A remote grain monitoring company has made this a reality. In this episode, Ken sits down with Naeem Zafar, Co-Founder and CEO of TeleSense, about how remote grain monitoring technology works and its many benefits to growers.

    • 17 min

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