New organic oat varieties in the pipeline

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Prairie organic growers can for the first time this spring grow a registered variety of oats that has been developed under organic management. Limited quantities of AAC Oravena certified seed are now available through Fedoruk Seeds at Kamsack, Sask., after a lengthy breeding and development process by Agriculture and Agri-Food […]

40,000 acre farm goes organic

High price of crop inputs drives decision to convert to organic production By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff There are 25 grain bins in Travis Heide’s farmyard, including six massive ones with a capacity of 70,000 bushels each. In total, the bins can store around 550,000 bu. of grain. That’s enough for 10,000 acres of […]

Whole Peeled, Unpeeled and Rolled Oats

National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: March 14

USDA – Compared with two weeks ago, trade activity moderate on good demand for feed grade corn trading 9 cents lower. Contract activity increasing on new crop in states east of the Mississippi. No trend available due to a lack of comparable trades for feed grade soybeans, but trade activity moderate on good demand. Food grade soybean […]

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Organic Grain Marketing 101: Part 1 – Liquidity

By Brenda Tjaden OrganicBiz contributor  The substance of grain marketing is the same for all farmers — to generate income. The quality of the decision, to sell today or to wait, ends up having a big impact on the farm’s revenue stream, profitability, future potential, and the owners’ quality of life. It’s no different for […]

Organic growers have bigger economic cushion

Lower costs and higher prices make organic producers more economically resilient according to provincial figures By Lorraine Stevenson  OrganicBiz staff Organic growers can still turn a tidy profit in 2018, according to Manitoba Agriculture cost-of-production figures released at Ag Days. Roy Arnott, a provincial farm management specialist, said it all comes down to what crops […]