Manitoba Farm Family on a Roll With Organic Cleaning and Milling
The DeRuycks have been milling their own grains and marketing their own organic flour for years, but now their business once again looks set to expand.
Organic Management in the Prairie Provinces
Growing organic grain takes lots of planning. Besides the careful design of crop rotations, thinking ahead may mean predicting problems like nutrient deficiencies not just in the coming season, but also one or more years down the road. Monitoring is also critical. This article focuses on organic management of industrial hemp and other crops in the Prairie Provinces of Canada.
Proper Rotations Require Careful Crop Management
A sound rotation is the single most effective means of providing higher and more stable yields, soil benefits such as fertility and improved weed, pest and disease management.
What’s Holding Back Organic Growth in Saskatchewan?
Michael Gertler, a sociologist at the University of Saskatchewan, has identified six factors that limit organic farming in Saskatchewan.
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation contributes $2-Million to Canadian seed biodiversity
USC Canada is pleased to announce a generous $2-million donation from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation in support of the most comprehensive nation-wide seed biodiversity program: The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.
Tell COG about your experience transitioning to organic production!
CALLING ALL FARMERS!
COG is leading a national research project looking to understand the risks and rewards of transitioning to organic production. This gap in understanding needs to be filled so they can develop appropriate programs, tools, insurance, and policy for organic producers.
On-Farm Trials and Demonstration Plots
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is pleased to support eight on-farm trials and demonstration plots across the Prairies, covering diverse topics and questions.
Organic Farming Gaining Street Cred
"Organic agriculture is now much more mainstream, with strong demand and potential" says Mark Gimby, who has worked in the organic industry for 40 years.
Watch the Pivot and Grow Production Videos to see what organic grain production can do for you.
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative May Teleconference Call
Stuart McMillan provides an analysis of organic grain market prices and their influences.
Questions? Talk to an Expert at 1-800-245-8341
Do you have questions about organic transition, production, or marketing? Call us and talk to an expert today!
Need a Nitrogen Fix? Consider Fababeans for Your Next Crop
Organic farmers who are looking for the biggest nitrogen gain from adding a pulse to their rotation might want to consider fababeans.
Business to Business Directory
Discover businesses and farmers across the prairies. The Business to Business Directory lists all companies that provide services or products and connects thousands of organic businesses together - from producer to end retailer!
Heart and Grain from National Young Farmers Coalition
While all farmers face challenges, the high start-up costs associated with grain farming can make it an especially difficult field to enter for new and young farmers.
Why Organic Wheat Escaped Fusarium Last Year
Researchers say practices such as proper varieties and rotations are just as important as fungicides in disease control.
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative Call of the Land Interview
Learn about some of the amazing resources that the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has developed for transitioning and organic farmers.
Organic On-Farm Trials and Demonstration Plots
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is accepting applications for on-farm research trails and on-farm demonstration plots. We encourage on-farm projects that represent a collaboration between certified organic growers and researchers with demonstrated experience conducting research in organic agriculture.
Kamut Makes a Comeback
A Montana farmer dedicated decades to khorasan wheat, and it’s finally taking off.
COG’s Third Edition of the Organic Field Crop Handbook Set Now Available!
The Organic Field Crop Handbook - 3rd Edition, provides a road map to field crop producers who aspire to improve the environmental sustainability and profitability of their farming operations.
New Resource: Green Manure Tool Kit
A reliable and effective green manure program is essential for the success of an organic farm. This Tool Kit is a practical guide that will help producers to select the best green manure for their farm conditions. The right green manure with the right management will build soil fertility, control weeds, and improve crop yield.
Farm Credit Canada Field Management Software Discount
PRAIRIE ORGANIC FARMERS RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE 40% DISCOUNT
Record, organize, and analyze your organic field records for better results. Enter all your details from planting to harvest.
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative Monthly Teleconference Calls
THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH!
Join us monthly to hear from and speak with local farmers, experts, and researchers of the industry.
Fact Sheet: Intercropping
INCREASING CROP DIVERSITY
Explore intercropping to find synergies, or ways that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Fact Sheet: Rotations
DESIGNING A SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Developing an optimal rotation plan involves two main sets of decisions, which crops to grow, and in which order to grow them.
Fact Sheet: Living With Weeds
PUTTING WEEDS INTO AN ECOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Yes, there are weeds on organic farms. But hey, there are weeds on non-organic farms too. Learn how to approach weed management.
Fact Sheet: From Harvest to Sale
MAINTAINING FOOD QUALITY IN STORAGE
Maintaining that quality after harvest is the key to successful marketing, to pleasing customers and to gaining top dollar for top quality.
Consider Time When Planting Green Manure Mixtures
Green manure mixtures are where it all begins when it comes to organic production.
Weeds: The First Emergence After Disturbance
Weeds can tell you a lot about soil life. Learn how from Joanna and Sam.
Strategies for Successful & Sustainable Weed Management
Listen to Katherine Stanley and Scott Shiels discuss the best ways to manage weeds.
10 Things I Learned In Our First Year Farming
REFLECTIONS FROM A NEW FARMER
by Keely Wohlgemuth of The Z Spread Farm, Organic Grain farmer at Wanham, Alberta
Do you Have a Nutrient Management Plan for Your Farm?
KNOW YOUR CURRENT WHOLE FARM NUTRIENT STATUS AND NEEDS
Participate in an on-Farm Nutrient Management Consultation Program for organic farmers
Get Maximum Benefit from Green Manures
MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND CROP SELECTION
How do Green Manures benefit my farm and what can I do to get the maximum benefit?
New Report: Growing Organics on the Prairies
ORGANIC PRODUCTION DATA
Canadian Organic Trade Associations publishes new data on organic production on the prairies.
Manitoba Ag Days Presentations
VIDEOS FROM 2016 EVENT
Hear it from the farmer's mouth as experienced organic farmers discuss their challenges and successes in transitioning.