CombCut put to test in organic trial

Mechanical weed removal without intensive manual labour possible with Swedish implement By Shannon VanRaes OrganicBiz staff Like a spiky purple mohawk, thistles dominate a check strip purposely left in an organic wheat field at the Ian N. Morrison Field Research Farm in Carman. Pointing to it, the farm’s senior technician Keith Bamford tells a groups […]

ancient spelt wheat

Might ancient wheat be the future of food?

Cell Press – Researchers believe untapped consumer markets exist for ancient foods such as einkorn, emmer, and spelt, which fed large swaths of the world’s population for thousands of years but disappeared almost completely during the rise of industrial farming and the green revolution. In an Opinion published June 27 in Trends in Plant Science, two […]

COTA report released on organic sector in Western Canada

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The number of certified organic primary producers and processors are steadily rising in Western Canada, according to a new report touted as the most in-depth analysis yet of the organic sector in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Growing Organic in the Prairies released in May by the Canadian Organic Trade Association […]

Field days for organic producers

OrganicBiz staff TCO Cert (TransCanada Organic Services) is holding a pair of field days on July 28. Its Alberta chapter — the Alberta Organic Producers Association — is holding its field day at the Daryl Cole Farm near Vegreville in conjunction with the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures research station. The research of interest to organic farmers […]

Cereal grains

Old-crop feed, oat demand stalled, new-crop pricing lower

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Old-crop organic grain prices are moving lower with decreased demand, one market analyst says, and that pressure is spilling over to new-crop contracts. “It’s that seeding time of year again, so everything has softened a little bit,” said Scott Shiels, grain procurement merchant at Grain Millers, Inc. in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. […]

Whole Peeled, Unpeeled and Rolled Oats

National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs: May 25

USDA Livestock, Poultry & Grain Market News – Compared to the prior trading period, organic grains traded moderate to active on good demand. The bulk of organic grain activity was on old crop contracts. Trade inactive on food grade corn and soybeans, roasted soybeans, oats, barley, soft red winter and hard red spring wheat. Feed grade corn trade […]