Organic Field Trial at Swift Current Research and Development Centre
An impromptu tour of some of the organic field trials at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, was held on August 9th. Click here to find out what participants learned!
Organic Crop Sales Chug Along, Dryness not a Major Issue for Most
Organic crops now in the ground in Western Canada look decent, outside of the worst-hit areas where dry conditions will likely cut into yields.
Producer Puts Plants to Work as Solar Panels
Saskatchewan producer says he has found ways to keep things greener longer and capture more energy from the sun.
Job Posting for Legend Organic Farms Inc., Farm Manager
The organic Farm Manager will be the manager for the Kamsack farm, and will oversee and implement all farming operations from crop planning, fieldwork, and harvest. Are you familiar and experienced with all aspects of organic farming at a large scale? Apply today!
Increase Crop Diversity, Reduce Risk by Intercropping: Overyielding
Natural systems are diverse and include a variety of plants, animals, microbes and fungi. This diversity is considered a key to their resilience and stability. Intercrops are one way to bring some of this diversity to agro-ecosystem structures, accessing different portions of the soil volume.
Eyes on Crops in Western Canada’s Organic Market
Western Canada’s organic crops are reaching a critical phase in the growing cycle, and despite trouble in areas of the Prairies, carryover from last year is keeping a lid on certain markets.
Seed Production Capacity Building Grants
The Bauta Family Seed Initiative is excited to renew their Seed Production Capacity Building Grant Program!
Growing and Dehulling the Ancient Grains Einkorn, Emmer and Spelt
The ancient hulled wheats spelt, emmer, and einkorn are sought by consumers and chefs alike for their distinct flavor, nutritional properties, and the intrigue of eating a meal that has sustained humans since ancient times. Learn more about growing and dehulling these ancient gains!
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! Canadian Organic Growers is looking to understand the risks and rewards of transitioning to organic production. Tell them your story.
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.
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.
Kamut Makes a Comeback
A Montana farmer dedicated decades to khorasan wheat, and it’s finally taking off.
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.
Peat Soils – How do we Manage Them for Organic Agriculture?
Due to the instability of peat soils, good soil management practices should be used. Learn how to manage peat soils for organic agriculture.
Intercropping: Increasing Crop Diversity
Explore intercropping to find synergies, or ways that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Cultural Practices: To Give the Crop Advantage
Cultural techniques provide the conditions for strong crop competitiveness and thus for optimal crop yield and quality.
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.
Glenlea Research Station Celebrates 25th Year of Organic Research
Check out the 25th anniversary video for research highlights!
Grain Quality: From Producer to Consumer
Find out how you can ensure the quality of your grains.
Weeds: The First Emergence After Disturbance
Weeds can tell you a lot about soil life. Learn how from Joanna and Sam.
Planning Crop Rotations: The Diversity is What Makes You Sustainable
Learn how you can maintain soil fertility and manage weeds through crop rotation.
Weed Management in Organic Cropping Systems
Learn about the methods of weed control commonly employed by organic producers
10 Things I Learned In Our First Year Farming
FROM A FARMER
by Keely Wohlgemuth of The Z Spread Farm, Organic Grain farmer at Wanham, Alberta
New Funding for On-Farm Nutrient Management
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative receives research funding which will support farmers in developing farm nutrient management plans.
Get Maximum Benefit from Green Manures
Learn how Green Manures can benefit your farm and what you can do to get the maximum benefit.
Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Presentations
If you missed any of the great talks, you have another chance to view some of the presentations.
Manitoba Ag Days Presentations
Hear it from the farmer's mouth as experienced organic farmers discuss their challenges and successes in transitioning.