Looking ahead to organic lentil markets in 2018

By Brenda Tjaden OrganicBiz contributor  There’s an old adage in farming: half of the trick to success in grain marketing is planting the right crop in the first place. To that end, we can look at new-crop production contracting opportunities to guide seeding decisions. Unfortunately for organic growers, these are less common than in the […]

40,000 acre farm goes organic

High price of crop inputs drives decision to convert to organic production By Robert Arnason 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 spring wheat, assuming […]

wheat stem in hand

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 […]