Grain on the Brain Podcast

Tune in each month as we’re joined by an industry expert and farmer to discuss important issues in organic grain farming.

We bring the resources, tools, and expertise you need to get growing

Tune in each month as we’re joined by an industry expert and farmer to discuss important issues in organic grain farming.

Podcast Episodes

Season 1, Episode 1 – Crop Rotation Strategies

Scott Beaton, Manitoba Organic Producer, and Katherine Stanley, Organic Extension Specialist at the University of Manitoba’s Natural Systems Agriculture, discuss strategies for designing organic crop rotations that build soil fertility, manage weeds and prevent disease and pests. (32.31 minutes)

Bio: Katherine Stanley is a Research Associate at the University of Manitoba’s Natural Systems Agriculture. She has a MSc. in plant science from the University of Saskatchewan and a B.Sc. in Agroecology from the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses largely on organic agronomy and weed management and extension work has allowed her to work with agronomists and organic farmers across the prairies.

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Season 1, Episode 2 – Marketing Organic Grain 101

Scott Beaton, Manitoba Organic Producer; Ian Cushon, Saskatchewan Organic Producer; and Scott Shiels, Organic Grain Procurement Manager, Grain Millers discuss the key principles, considerations, barriers, and opportunities to marketing transitioning and organic grains. (27.11 minutes)

Guest Bios:

Ian Cushon has farmed organically for 30 years producing a wide variety of field crops including row cropping organic sunflowers in the 1990s to soybeans in 2016. Ian has used mechanical weed control including rod weeders, tine harrows, tine weeders and rotary hoes. Mechanical weed control is an important option in some crops, but strong crop rotations and cultural weed management are the foundation of productive organic crops on the prairies. Ian and wife Jo-Anne, operate Moose Creek Organic Farm near Oxbow, in Southeast Saskatchewan. They have two children Liam 16 and Anna 14.

Scott Shiels works with Grain Millers as the Procurement Manager and has experience as a grain buyer handling the procurement of grains into the mill in Yorkton. He works with the US procurement team on other commodities that they source from Canada.

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CREDITS

Host: Scott Beaton | Producers: Dana Penrice, Iris Vaisman, Cari Hartt, and Tierra Stokes

Grain on the Brain is a podcast of the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative