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Ever wonder how your favourite agronomist got their start? Or why a researcher chose their particular area of expertise? In the Agronomy Geeks podcast we talk to the men and women who’ve made an impact in the field of agronomy, and cover highlights from their lives and careers and what makes them tick. Hosted by self-described “Agronomy Geek”, Lyndsey Smith.

Latest Episodes

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 10: If it’s fun, it gets done —Jay Whetter on interactive learning

What happens when you put two past colleagues with a shared passion for agronomy extension, quizzes, and talking into headsets together, then hit record? You get 20 minutes of banter about canola, of course, but also calling a baseball game, why faba beans need more love, six-year crop budgets, and over-sized banana statues. True story.... Read More

26 MINSEP 19
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep 10: If it’s fun, it gets done —Jay Whetter on interactive learning

Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 9: Shane Thomas

What will agronomy look like five or ten years from now? Will drones and automation have replaced agronomists and field walks? There’s no denying that technology definitely plays a larger role in his job than it used to, says Shane Thomas, agronomist with Yara Canada. From field mapping software, to variable rate capabilities, NDVI readings,... Read More

18 MINAPR 12
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 9: Shane Thomas

Agronomy Geeks, Ep.8: Marla Riekman

For anyone that’s ever done an agriculture diploma or degree, there’s likely a course that elicited groans when you’d see it on the schedule. For some it’s likely communications, for others maybe statistics, but for many it’s soil science. That was the case for Marla Riekman, which is ironic, given that she now serves as... Read More

24 MINMAR 18
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep.8: Marla Riekman

Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 7: Deb Campbell

How do you know when it’s time to set up shop on your own? And in this day and age of rapidly evolving precision agriculture and technology, how does a boots-on-the-ground agronomist carve her niche? Deb Campbell has addressed both those tough topics — the first, in 2012, after a few almosts and could-have-beens, and... Read More

21 MINFEB 25
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 7: Deb Campbell

Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 6: Clark Brenzil

Give a boy a burdock plant, and he’ll be irritated for a day. Teach a boy to kill said burdock plant, and he just may go on to be a provincial weed control specialist. At least, that’s the path that Clark Brenzil, weed specialist for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, took. In this episode of... Read More

22 MIN2018 SEP 20
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 6: Clark Brenzil

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 5: Steph Kowalski

If you think you’ve got a challenging territory to cover, have you considered being an agronomist in several provinces, nearly 2,000 kilometres apart? That’s what Steph Kowalski, agronomy lead for the Agromart Group, tackles season in and season out as she covers not only Ontario, but much of the Atlantic provinces, as well. Long-distance agronomy... Read More

18 MIN2018 AUG 28
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep 5: Steph Kowalski

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 4: Scott Meers

Some people are bean counters, but Scott Meers chose instead to be a bug counter. Now, let’s start off by saying that Meers, insect management specialist for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, absolutely knows that not all insects are bugs. But when it comes to extension and making insect management accessible, Meers knows full well that... Read More

27 MIN2018 AUG 6
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep 4: Scott Meers

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 3: Ellen Sparry

There are so many different roles in the farming and agriculture industry, it’s rare to find someone who ended up in exactly the job they always thought they’d have. More often than not, a string of opportunities is presented to a person with talents and interests and the wherewithal to pursue them, and — boom... Read More

23 MIN2018 JUL 17
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep 3: Ellen Sparry

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 2: You can’t drive there: Steve Larocque

It’s not often that we hear about first-generation farmers. It’s also rare to hear about someone picking up and moving provinces to begin to farm, but that’s what Steve Larocque did, moving from near Greely, Ontario, to eventually farm at Three Hills, Alberta. Larocque isn’t just any grain farmer, either. Admittedly, he’s small scale and... Read More

32 MIN2018 JUL 2
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep 2: You can’t drive there: Steve Larocque

Agronomy Geeks, Ep: 1 — Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson

If ever you’ve tried to communicate something you’ve learned or something you’ve experienced, you may have realized quickly that being an engaging communicator is actually quite difficult. Some are born with a talent for riveting storytelling, others work diligently to learn new ways to capture the audiences’ attention. And some, like Peter Johnson, are an... Read More

33 MIN2018 JUN 19
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Agronomy Geeks, Ep: 1 — Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson
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Latest Episodes

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 10: If it’s fun, it gets done —Jay Whetter on interactive learning

What happens when you put two past colleagues with a shared passion for agronomy extension, quizzes, and talking into headsets together, then hit record? You get 20 minutes of banter about canola, of course, but also calling a baseball game, why faba beans need more love, six-year crop budgets, and over-sized banana statues. True story.... Read More

26 MINSEP 19
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep 10: If it’s fun, it gets done —Jay Whetter on interactive learning

Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 9: Shane Thomas

What will agronomy look like five or ten years from now? Will drones and automation have replaced agronomists and field walks? There’s no denying that technology definitely plays a larger role in his job than it used to, says Shane Thomas, agronomist with Yara Canada. From field mapping software, to variable rate capabilities, NDVI readings,... Read More

18 MINAPR 12
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 9: Shane Thomas

Agronomy Geeks, Ep.8: Marla Riekman

For anyone that’s ever done an agriculture diploma or degree, there’s likely a course that elicited groans when you’d see it on the schedule. For some it’s likely communications, for others maybe statistics, but for many it’s soil science. That was the case for Marla Riekman, which is ironic, given that she now serves as... Read More

24 MINMAR 18
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep.8: Marla Riekman

Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 7: Deb Campbell

How do you know when it’s time to set up shop on your own? And in this day and age of rapidly evolving precision agriculture and technology, how does a boots-on-the-ground agronomist carve her niche? Deb Campbell has addressed both those tough topics — the first, in 2012, after a few almosts and could-have-beens, and... Read More

21 MINFEB 25
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 7: Deb Campbell

Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 6: Clark Brenzil

Give a boy a burdock plant, and he’ll be irritated for a day. Teach a boy to kill said burdock plant, and he just may go on to be a provincial weed control specialist. At least, that’s the path that Clark Brenzil, weed specialist for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, took. In this episode of... Read More

22 MIN2018 SEP 20
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 6: Clark Brenzil

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 5: Steph Kowalski

If you think you’ve got a challenging territory to cover, have you considered being an agronomist in several provinces, nearly 2,000 kilometres apart? That’s what Steph Kowalski, agronomy lead for the Agromart Group, tackles season in and season out as she covers not only Ontario, but much of the Atlantic provinces, as well. Long-distance agronomy... Read More

18 MIN2018 AUG 28
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep 5: Steph Kowalski

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 4: Scott Meers

Some people are bean counters, but Scott Meers chose instead to be a bug counter. Now, let’s start off by saying that Meers, insect management specialist for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, absolutely knows that not all insects are bugs. But when it comes to extension and making insect management accessible, Meers knows full well that... Read More

27 MIN2018 AUG 6
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep 4: Scott Meers

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 3: Ellen Sparry

There are so many different roles in the farming and agriculture industry, it’s rare to find someone who ended up in exactly the job they always thought they’d have. More often than not, a string of opportunities is presented to a person with talents and interests and the wherewithal to pursue them, and — boom... Read More

23 MIN2018 JUL 17
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep 3: Ellen Sparry

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 2: You can’t drive there: Steve Larocque

It’s not often that we hear about first-generation farmers. It’s also rare to hear about someone picking up and moving provinces to begin to farm, but that’s what Steve Larocque did, moving from near Greely, Ontario, to eventually farm at Three Hills, Alberta. Larocque isn’t just any grain farmer, either. Admittedly, he’s small scale and... Read More

32 MIN2018 JUL 2
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep 2: You can’t drive there: Steve Larocque

Agronomy Geeks, Ep: 1 — Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson

If ever you’ve tried to communicate something you’ve learned or something you’ve experienced, you may have realized quickly that being an engaging communicator is actually quite difficult. Some are born with a talent for riveting storytelling, others work diligently to learn new ways to capture the audiences’ attention. And some, like Peter Johnson, are an... Read More

33 MIN2018 JUN 19
Comments
Agronomy Geeks, Ep: 1 — Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson
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