By Phil Franz-Warkentin Glacier FarmMedia staff With the harvest largely in the rear-view mirror and spring seeding still a distant spec on the horizon, the organic markets in Western Canada are generally holding steady heading into the winter months. Prices for most of the major crops only saw minor movement over the course of November. […]
By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff Organic is back. After a period of sluggish growth and a decline in the number of producers in the early 2010s, organic farming is expanding in Western Canada. Certified organic acres on the Prairies reached 1.824 million in 2017, up 29 percent from 1.4 million acres in 2015. The […]
UPDATED: Oct. 19, 2018 Read more: Organic crops show strong quality as Prairie harvest drags on *UPDATE: The previous chart incorrectly stated the price for western Canadian soybeans. We apologize for the error.
By Karen Briere Glacier FarmMedia staff Cody Straza encourages organic growers to use five soil health principles to improve their systems. Trying to implement all five is a challenge, he told a recent organic and low-input field day in Swift Current, but it can be done. Straza and his family operate Upland Organics on 2,100 […]
By Terry Fries Commodity News Service Canada Farmers growing organic wheat will likely have to accept the crop’s best prices are behind it, at least for the near future. Prices for organic, large-green lentils are also likely to struggle, said Jason Freeman, general manager of Farmer Direct Co-op in Regina. “Coming into the new crop […]
*[UPDATED: July 9, 2018] Read more: How the organic market is heading into the summer doldrums *[UPDATE] Spot price and premium for “Wheat – feed” updated
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 […]
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 […]