Organic grain, cattle production can make good partners

By Brenda Frick OrganicBiz contributor Grain and livestock production go well together. It works both ways: introducing organic grain production onto the ranch can provide a valuable market stream. Integration of cattle into grain farming can improve sustainability. For a livestock producer considering pasture renovation, or re-seeding of hay land, organic grain production can be […]

Weed resistance fight goes mechanical

By Ron Lyseng OrganicBiz staff Organic farmers and farmers facing herbicide resistance have a new tool that some would call revolutionary. The CombCut mechanically removes broadleaf weeds from standing cereals without inflicting crop damage. The term “mechanical weed control” conjures up images of intensive cultivation and the associated soil degradation issues. However, selectively clipping broadleaf […]

Going the extra mill

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff It was a bad bout of fusarium in 2000 that laid the foundation for a Manitoba organic sector success story. Back then the DeRuyck family was farming conventionally and they’d made their usual inputs in the spring — seed, fertilizer, spray — only to be left with a disappointing harvest […]

Organic conference draws a crowd

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The game of chess isn’t learned easily, requires forward thinking, and you have to like playing it. That’s why University of Manitoba plant scientist Martin Entz compares it to organic farming. “It takes a long time to learn to do this well,” he said during his opening address to last […]

New-crop organic premiums vary by crop

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Offshore competition is putting pressure on organic wheat prices, but premiums remain high for new-crop flax, oats and mustard, according to analysts and traders. Meanwhile, strong prices for conventional pulses may discourage growers from making the extra effort to produce organically. As new crop prices emerge, buyers are aggressively seeking […]