New report highlights organic acres on Prairies

There are 1.4 million certified acres and 1,499 organic operations across the three Prairie provinces By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff Western Canadian organic acreage appears to be stuck in neutral. Since 2014 the acreage has hovered around 1.4 million acres across the three Prairie provinces, according to Jill Guerra, research and special projects co-ordinator with […]

Whole Peeled, Unpeeled and Rolled Oats

National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: September 27

USDA – Compared to two weeks ago, feed grade corn demand good, trading 88 cents higher as feed mills fill positions to get to new crop. Forward contracting active. Feed grade soybean demand and activity very light. Light forward contract activity. Soybean meal demand and trade activity good. Soybean oil trade too limited to trend, […]

Whole Peeled, Unpeeled and Rolled Oats

National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: August 30

USDA – Compared to two weeks ago, feed grade corn demand good, trading one cent lower with cash bids steady to firm. Spot trade activity moderate. Q4‐Q1 forward contracting active. Feed grade soybean demand and activity light, trading 83 cents lower with cash bids remaining steady. Q4‐Q1 forward contract activity light. Soybean meal and soybean […]

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USDA needs to crack down on bogus organics

A July 3 editorial from Agweek, published in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
 U.S. commercial agriculture produces more food than American consumers can consume. We want to send our surplus to the world — frozen chicken, edible beans, soybeans. Conversely, we want agricultural imports. In the Upper Great Plains of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana, we […]

Tips for improving organic soils

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Fababeans are gaining ground in both organic and conventional cropping rotations because they are a good source of nitrogen for the soil and less susceptible to diseases that affect some of the other pulse crops. But soil scientist and consultant Jill Clapperton said farmers need to be ready for the […]