Organic crops in good shape ahead of harvest

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By Marlo Glass
Glacier FarmMedia staff

Organic commodity producers are expecting large crops in good condition ahead of the 2020 harvest season.

“I’m hearing most crops are very good, especially the cereals,” said Laura Telford, organics sector development specialist with the government of Manitoba.

Recent dryness in Manitoba won’t have much of an impact on cereal crops, though later-developing corn and soybeans might be affected, Telford said.

“About 90 per cent of our organic field crops are cereals, so that’s what we care about,” she said.

Rye and oat crops are expected to begin harvest “any day now,” with organic oat prices around $5.50-$6.50 per bushel delivered in Saskatchewan.

Jason Breault of RW Organics at Mossbank, Sask., expected prices to go down due to significant carryout from last year’s crop, along with this year’s large crop.

“I don’t think we’re going to market all of this year’s crop, because there’s good carryover from last year,” he said.

Breault expected prices to go down by about a dollar, and likely will stay lower.

“If [producers] are waiting for a better price, they might be sitting on some grain,” he commented.

Spring wheat prices are around $13 per bushel, and feed wheat prices are around $6.50.

A representative from CB Constantine at Vancouver described the wheat crop as “one of the best years in recent memory.

“It’s a great year for crops,” he said.

Dunling Wang, Saskatchewan’s provincial specialist for alternative crop assistance, agreed organic crops were looking good heading into harvest.

“Harvest progress is going very quickly,” he said.

According to the most recent crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture, conventional and organic winter wheat and fall rye crops were around 85 per cent harvested.

— Marlo Glass reports for MarketsFarm and OrganicBiz from Winnipeg.