A Christmas reflection: My top 25 interviews of 2020


For many, December is a time to reflect, to really sit back and look at what the previous months looked like. What were the highs? What were the lows?

Despite 2020 being the year it was — and one I certainly won’t forget in my lifetime — it was also a whole lot of fun getting to provide all of you with content for RealAgriculture.

It was SO incredibly hard to choose, but I compiled a list of my top 25 interviews. The following list is in no particular order when it comes to favourites. And for all of you that participated in these interviews, thank YOU. You make my job worthwhile.

1.) FarmTech highlights: lean agriculture, canola seeding rates, and drying grain

  • ft. Jay Whetter, Canola Council of Canada

2.) Why it’s important to continue to try new crops — when you can

  • ft. John Kowalchuk, farmer of Rumsey, Alta.

3.) Exploring flexible fertilizer options ahead of the busy spring season

  • ft. Marla Riekman, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

4.) Creativity required to expand the agriculture talent pool

  • ft. Trevor Heck, Syngenta Canada

5.) Pulse School: Clipping wild oat panicles for weed seed control

  • ft. Breanne Tidemann, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

6.) Canola School: What we’ve learned about verticillium stripe

  • ft. Justine Cornelson, Canola Council of Canada

7.) We need to keep talking, even if we’re burnt out: a conversation on mental health

  • ft. Sean Stanford, farmer and director with Alberta Barley

8.) Wheat School: Evaluating more than seedling vigour at stand establishment

  • ft. Jeremy Boychyn, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

9.) Pulse School: Spray records, down time, and planning for next year

  • ft. Tom Wolf, AgriMetrix, Sprayers 101

10.) Corn School: The birds and the bees — of corn, that is

  • ft. Sara Meidlinger, Pride Seeds.

11.) Pulse School: Don’t delay scouting for pea aphids

  • ft. John Gavloski, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.

12.) Canola School: Economic thresholds aren’t just for insects

  • ft. Gregory Sekulic, Canola Council of Canada

13.) The DWC of hiring, risk management equations, and marketing tips and tricks— LIVE! with Kristjan Hebert

  • ft. Kristjan Hebert, farmer

14.) Upward market momentum, dessert hummus, soybeans buying corn acres, and Dickens — a LIVE! with Neil Townsend

  • ft. Neil Townsend, FarmLink Marketing Solutions

15.) Corn School: Seedbed prep for silage success

  • ft. Alana Serhan, Pride Seeds

16.) Pulse School: How well do you know your fields?

  • ft. Robyne Bowness Davidson, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

17.) Flea beetles, wheat midge, and grasshoppers, oh my! — LIVE! with Boyd Mori

  • ft. Boyd Mori, University of Alberta

18.) Canola School: Plant stand counts and post-harvest disease scouting

  • ft. Jeanette Gaultier, BASF

19.) Canola School: Choosing the right hybrid for your farm

  • ft. Nate Ort, Canola Council of Canada

20.) Pulse School: Planning for next year’s pulses with root rots in mind

  • ft. Jenn Walker, Alberta Pulse Growers

21.) Motorcycles, crush or feed, and wheat at a “social”— LIVE! with Brian Voth

  • ft. Brian Voth, IntelliFarm Inc.

22.) New modes of action may help tackle pulse crop diseases

  • ft. Rob Klewchuk, Syngenta Canada

23.) Niche markets, AFS, and developing agriculture in Kenya — a LIVE! with Stewart Skinner

  • ft. Stewart Skinner, farmer

24.) Jerseys, Johne’s, log houses, and mental wellness — a LIVE! with Ethan Wallace

  • ft. Ethan Wallace, farmer

25.) Canola School: The plant emergence assessment toolbox

  • ft. Autumn Barnes, Canola Council of Canada

I know it’s been a VERY different year, but take some time to appreciate what’s around you. We will get through this, and we may as well do it together. Hope everyone has happy holidays, and all the best in 2021!

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