The Successors, Ep 15: A love of soil, setting expectations, and rhizobia at the dinner table


The Successors is a RealAgriculture podcast series hosted by Kara Oosterhuis focusing on agriculture from the perspective of the up-and-coming generation.

How do you decide it’s time for a change? What does it take to become a better communicator? And why is it so crucial to not rule any opportunity out?

Lara de Moissac, based at Calgary, Alta., helps answer these questions (and more) in our latest episode of The Successors podcast.

De Moissac grew up on a farm in west central Saskatchewan, and has worked in agriculture in some way, shape, or form across B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan. She also holds a M Sc in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan.

Her brother has taken over the family farm and, even though she helps out wherever she can, she says one of the key processes on the farm has been to set expectations as early as possible. Setting out expectations has helped planning between de Moissac’s parents, siblings, spouses, and her be a fair and equitable process.

“Whether I go back and invest in a piece of land and start grain farming, or vice versa, any type of deal that would get worked out, I want to make sure it’s firm on paperwork,” she explains. “Cross those t’s, and dot those i’s, to make sure those expectations are firmly in place.”

Currently, de Moissac is a precision agronomist at Croptimistic Technology, working across southern Alberta, using her soil skills and knowledge gained from her time at the University of Saskatchewan.

Check out the full conversation between de Moissac and The Successors host, Kara Oosterhuis, where they talk about working in hops, the joys of sampling, insight into SWAT maps, and so much more:

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