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Grain on the Brain Podcasts

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

Tune in as each episode our host Scott Beaton talks to researchers, farmers and other experts in the organic sector to discuss important issues in organic grain farming.


We’re talking to Iris Vaisman and Ryan Pengelly today about seed breeding, seed security and seed saving. So just like the title suggests, it’s all about seeds! Have you ever […]

Why should we be aiming to increase biodiversity on our farms? What role do pollinators play in improving our crops and the land that we as grain farmers manage? Our […]

Mechanical weed control is one of the key tools in the organic farmer’s toolbox! Join us as Scott talks to Sam Hitchcock Tilton about tine weeders, interrow cultivators, finger weeders […]

Thinking about growing a cover crop this year? What are my #covercropgoals? How can I manage my problem weeds like wild oats and Canada thistle with cover crops? Can you […]

Transitioning organic grain farmer, Alex Boersch from Elie, MB, interviews Alan McKenzie, an experienced organic grain farmer from Nesbitt, MB. With host Scott Beaton, they discusses strategies, perceptions, challenges, and […]

Brenda Frick, organic expert on weeds in organic cropping , talks about practical and helpful tips for managing weeds in organic cropping. With host Scott Beaton, she discusses how to […]

Organic grain expert Joanne Thiessen Martens talks about taking soil samples and plant tissue samples and how it can help you make management decisions on your farm. (33.25 minutes)

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 […]

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, […]

Grain on the Brain is a podcast of the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative and is now produced by the Manitoba Organic Alliance.

Season 1 Producers: Dana Penrice, Iris Vaisman, Cari Hartt, and Tierra Stokes

Season 2 Producer: Karen Klassen

Host: Scott Beaton

Scott Beaton
Karen Klassen