Organic Grain Prices

The prices below come from organicbiz.ca. The website posts grain prices on a monthly basis.

Current Organic Grain Prices

Grain prices are updated monthly by Organic Biz. All prices spot Prairie in Canadian funds, unless otherwise noted. Lentils, beans, and mustard measured in pounds.

Grain Prices

May 2018

Grain Type Production Type Price Bushel (Tonne) Details
wheat feed $11.00 ($404) Western Canada 2017 Crop (162% premium over conventional)
wheat hard red spring $17.00 ($625) Western Canada 2017 Crop (237% premium over conventional)
barley feed $6.50 - $7.00 ($299 - $322) Western Canada 2017 Crop (99% premium over conventional)
oats milling $5.75 ($373) Western Canada 2017 Crop (230% premium over conventional)
flax milling $35.00 - $36.00 ($1,378 - $1,417) Western Canada 2017 Crop (284% premium over conventional)
flax feed $20.00 - $21.00 ($787 - $827) Western Canada 2017 Crop (171% premium over conventional)
peas feed $13.50 - $16.50 ($496 - $606) Western Canada 2017 Crop (222% premium over conventional)
peas yellow $16.50 - $17.50 ($606 - $643) Western Canada 2017 Crop (256% premium over conventional)
peas green $17.50 ($643) Western Canada 2017 Crop (203% premium over conventional)
corn feed $9.25 ($364) Western Canada 2017 Crop (187% premium over conventional)
rye milling $7.50 ($295) Western Canada 2017 Crop (158% premium over conventional)
rye feed $5.00 ($197) Western Canada 2017 Crop (125% premium over conventional)
lentils black (per lb) $0.85 - $0.87 Western Canada 2018 Crop (344% premium over conventional)
soybeans food $20.25 ($744) Western Canada 2018 Crop (193% premium over conventional)
corn feed $10.50 ($413) Western Canada 2018 Crop (212% premium over conventional)
peas yellow $15.50 - $16.00 ($570 - $588) Western Canada 2018 Crop (225% premium over conventional)
rye milling $8.00 ($315) Western Canada 2018 Crop (168% premium over conventional)
barley feed $6.25 ($287) Western Canada 2018 Crop (92% premium over conventional)
barley malt $9.50 ($436) Western Canada 2018 Crop (213% premium over conventional)
wheat durum $18.75 ($689) Western Canada 2018 Crop (267% premium over conventional)
wheat hard red spring $16.75 - $18.00 ($615 - $661) Western Canada 2018 Crop (242% premium over conventional)

Market Commentaries

What trends are you currently seeing in the organic grain market?

One of the trends we are seeing in the organic market these days would be the shift back in acres from more specialty crops like peas, lentils, and mustards, to more traditional crops such as oats, wheat, and barley. Producers have realized that the consistency just isn’t there with production of the specialty crops, so they have reduced acreage of those and gone back to easier crops to grow and market.

Are there any specific crops you’re seeing more production of? How is that affecting markets?

We have seen a significant increase in wheat and barley production, and that has driven prices lower through this spring, and looking ahead into next year. We have also realized an increase in oat production, but demand has been doing a nice job of keeping up with the increase in supply, leaving prices stable going into next year.

What changes or events in the global marketplace are affecting Canadian prairie markets? Which crops are affected and why?

We have been experiencing a large amount of organic feed products being imported into the US, and that seems to have put some serious pressure on our domestic feed markets, both down south, and here in Canada. This has mostly hurt barley pricing, but other feed grains such as wheat and oats have had a hard time staying at decent levels back to the producer.

Hemp Production Services

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The organic hemp grain market in 2018 underwent a price correction as other countries entered the marketplace in response to high market prices. Beginning in 2017, lower priced organic hemp grain coming in from China and Europe disrupted the US market, forcing prices down. The new reality is that organic hemp grain is now a competitive global commodity.

In response to this market shift, 2018 Canadian contract prices were reduced so that high quality Canadian organic hemp grain could be competitive in the global market. This decline was important as more regions of the world are increasing organic hemp grain production. With improved genetics and robust agronomy support, returns to Canadian organic growers can still be strong even at lower pricing.

Global demand for organic hemp grain has increased significantly, and this trend is expected to continue in the future. This is good news for Canadian growers who collectively have many years of experience to draw from and access to an established processing infrastructure.

Another possible income stream from hemp production in 2018 is the extraction of CBD from the chaff. Hemp Production Services is investing in technologies and partnerships to streamline this parallel market into the current production system.

Hemp Production Services is interested in increasing the number of Canadian organic hemp producers to meet market demand. If carefully planned, this crop can be a valuable addition in an organic crop rotation. Field days will be organized this summer to learn more about the organic hemp market and management strategies on organic farms.

Organic Trade Solutions

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What trends are you currently seeing in the organic grain market? 

Organics grain follows a lot of trends in the natural products industry. For example, Dairy alternatives like oat, hemp, pea, coconut and almond drinks are hot as consumers move away from unhealthy sugary drinks like pop. It also reflects the decreasing market share for fluid milk. Grab and Go convenience foods that are healthy are also selling very well as families are becoming smaller and the percentage of single people as part of the population is at all time highs. Plant based proteins like pea and hemp are also popular, especially pea protein given it’s lower price point than hemp.

Are there any specific crops you’re seeing more production of? How is that affecting markets? 

There appears to be a lot of acreage that is transitioning to organic. This may put significant short-term pressure on the supply side as Canadian and US farmers must also contend with organic imports and an apparent high level of fraud from the imported grain. The positive side is that the market is growing, yet there is still significant over production of oats and perhaps even hard spring wheat.

What changes or events in the global marketplace are affecting Canadian prairie markets? Which crops are affected and why? 

The feed barley market into the US has all but collapsed for Canadian farmers as corn imported from the former Soviet Bloc is flooding US feed markets. Eastern Europe is now producing organic hemp which could affect hemp markets.

What trends are you currently seeing in the organic grain market?

We see a lot of large questions about the organic grain market. We are a small producer who has historically had a confident market presence in Europe. We are seeing an interruption caused by some non-tariff trade barriers. We are focusing our efforts on the North American specialty/artisan users market to cope.

Are there any specific crops you’re seeing more production of? How is that affecting markets?

We are cutting back on acres. We are in the position of having too much grain at the moment, and cutting prices.

What changes or events in the global marketplace are affecting Canadian prairie markets? Which crops are affected and why?

There seems to be large questions driven by the chaotic nature of the US export market. I have talked to customers who market pulses and grains who have been affected by non-tariff trade barriers along with the erratic and unpredictable forces of the current export market.

What trends are you currently seeing in the organic grain market?

With the rising trend of organics, we’ve been seeing producers utilize better technology and farming practices for soil management.  There have also been producers in the prairies begin to experiment with regenerative farming practices.

Are there any specific crops you’re seeing more production of? How is that affecting markets?

There has been strong interest in organic peas from the Western Canada region.  We’ve seen acres grow substantially in comparison to the last few years.  Producers who would have never considered a pulse crop are now adding it into their rotation.  The strong demand for Canadian yellow and green peas in Asia have led to a rise in production, along with increased prices.

What changes or events in the global marketplace area affecting Canadian prairie markets? Which crops are affected and why? 

Last year there were strong demand for organic French green lentils.  This caused a huge shortfall due to the lack of supply and poor crop year in other producing countries.

Past Organic Prices

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Grain Prices Over Time

Grain prices have been collected and published previously by Laura Telford (MAFRED), and more recently by OrganicBiz. The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has gathered those grain prices from 2012 onward, and created the following charts to display trends over the years.

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Wheat Prices

November 2012 – May 2018

Feed Barley Prices

November 2012 – May 2018

Feed Pea Prices

January 2014 – February 2018

Feed Corn Prices

August 2013 – May 2018

Flax Prices

January 2013 – April 2018

Lentil Prices

May 2015 – May 2018

Pea Prices

February 2016 – May 2018

Oat Prices

November 2012 – May 2018

Malt Barley Prices

February 2016 – May 2018

Soybean Prices

February 2013 – May 2018

Hemp Prices

May 2013 – March 2017

Mustard Prices

January 2014 – January 2018

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