Cover crops can benefit hot, dry soils

American Society of Agronomy – The Southern High Plains of the United States have low annual rainfall. When it does rain, though, intense storms can cause severe soil erosion. Strong winds also strip away valuable topsoil. Enter cover crops. Usually grown during seasons when primary crops aren’t cultivated, cover crops can include legumes such as […]

Lack of acres dampens organic canola demand

By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff A few years ago, Stuart McMillan got a call about organic canola acres in Western Canada. Considering there are 18 to 22 million acres of conventional canola across the Prairies, the caller couldn’t believe online data showing that organic canola was less than 2,000 acres. “I was contacted by […]

Report says Canadian GMO escapes common

By Allan Dawson Glacier FarmMedia staff Better regulations are needed to prevent contamination from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That’s what the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and the SaskOrganics’ Organic Agriculture Protection Fund committee (OAPF) concludes in a report called GM Contamination in Canada: The failure to contain living modified organisms – incidents and impacts. […]

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 […]

New organic grain processor under construction in Montana

OrganicBiz staff Montana Specialty Mills, LLC is building a new $20 million, 20-acre processing center in Great Falls that will feature grain processing equipment dedicated to making non-bioengineered/non-GMO products and organic oilseeds. The facility should be completed by the fall of 2018. The company says it chose to build the facility in the Great Falls […]

Slicing weeds down to size

Organic grain growers have been snapping up CombCut machines ‘like crazy‘ — but they’re also a way to control herbicide resistant weeds By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff  A new piece of machinery is helping crop growers control broadleaf weeds on their farms — especially on organic operations. “Organic growers are buying these CombCut machines like […]