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

July 2018

Grain Type Production Type Price Bushel (Tonne) Details
corn feed $9.00-10.25 ($354-$404) United States via USDA (Converted to Canadian funds)
oats feed $6.17 ($400) 181% premium over conventional (Ontario 2018 Crop)
barley feed $9.14 ($420) 210% premium over conventional (Ontario 2018 Crop)
corn $11.55 ($472) 246% Premium over conventional (Ontario 2018 Crop)
soybeans food $29.00 ($1066) 254% premium over conventional (Ontario 2018 Crop)
oats feed $6.17 ($400) 174% premium over conventional (Ontario 2017 Crop)
barley feed $9.14 ($420) 200% premium over conventional (Ontario 2017 Crop)
wheat soft red $13.00 ($514) 202% premium over conventional (Ontario 2017 Crop)
corn $13.00 ($472) 274% premium over conventional (Ontario 2017 Crop)
soybeans food $29.00 ($1066) 257% premium over conventional (Ontario 2017 Crop)
flax $33.00-34.00 ($1417) 271% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2018 Crop)
oats feed $6.00 ($389) 293% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2018 Crop)
hemp seed $1.50 288% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
lentils black $0.90 360% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
lentils french green $0.90 391% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
lentils large green $0.80-0.90 405% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
peas green $18.00 ($661) 225% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
peas yellow (feed) $16.50 ($606) 273% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
peas yellow $13.00 ($478) 205% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
rye milling $7.50 ($295) 161% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
flax $36.00 ($1417) 288% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
oats feed $5.50 ($357) 244% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
barley feed $6.50-7.00 ($299-$322) 147% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
wheat hard red $17.00-18.50 ($625-$680) 263% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
wheat soft white $12.00-13.00 ($441-$478) 209% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
wheat feed $10.00-11.00 ($367-$404) 181% premium over conventional (Western Canada 2017 Crop)
soybeans feed $18.00-20.00 ($661-$735) United States via USDA (Converted to Canadian funds)

Market Commentaries

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Grain Millers

Did the US trade embargoes have any effect on the prairie organic markets?

We have not experienced any price changes due to the US trade embargoes, and likely will not in the short term. Longer term, however, could be a different story if they do put significant tariffs on finished grain products going into the US as a large amount of our milled oat products head south of the border.

Were prairie organic markets affected when Japan and Korea stopped importing wheat after GMO plants were found?

We didn’t see anything really change in our wheat pricing, but we are only a small player in that market, and our products stay pretty much in North America. We had anticipated a possible surge in demand for organic wheats from those Asian countries after this discovery, but to date, we have not seen it.

Mercaris

Did the US trade embargoes have any effect on the prairie organic markets?

So far, from the US perspective the answer appears to be no. The organic wheat prices are either holding steady, or showing some decline which has been mostly in-line with supply pressure from the winter wheat harvest. US durum wheat imports from Canada have remained below their 2017 levels since March. However, imports of organic corn and barley have remained quite strong. One could make the argument that the building trade tension between the US and China could lead to a decrease in US organic soybean imports from Argentina as China increases it take of Argentina’s soybean supply. Such a situation would create an opportunity for Canadian organic meal and oilseed producers to satisfy the resulting gap in demand. However, organic beans fetch a significant price premium over conventional, which should limit China’s interest in them. The bigger Argentina related risk is weather, and the impact that their drought is having on their 2018 crop. As of now, the US is still very reliant on organic grain imports, which keeps US organic agriculture trade running in the opposite direction of the mounting trade obstacles.

W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions

Did the US trade embargoes have any effect on the prairie organic grain markets?

We have not felt the effects of the US trade embargo. A lot of the products that we process and trade were not on the list of commodities facing tariffs. However, we are watching closely on whether the list expands into the segments that we mainly focus on.

Were prairie organic markets affected when Japan and Korea stopped importing wheat after GMO plants were found?

Although we are not active in the organic wheat market, we like to keep our ears to the ground by actively talking to producers in Western Canada. We did not come across any producers or hear of any that were affected the wheat ban from Korea and Japan. Luckily the ban was relatively short and Canada will resume wheat shipments to those countries.

Field Farms Marketing

Were prairie organic markets affected when Japan and Korea stopped importing wheat after GMO plants were found?

The Japanese and South Korean markets were prompt to stop all imports of Canadian wheat earlier this year after finding traces of genetically modified traits in some of the wheat that was delivered. If these GMO traits in Canadian wheat are proven to be widespread, this could be a major challenge for producers with cross-pollination making it very difficult to eliminate the strain. It would be particularly catastrophic for the organic producers – who are well aware of the zero tolerance towards GMO’s – to be able to market their yields; creating additional hurdles such as new testing, new contractual guidelines on quality, and new rules to permit Canadian wheat imports. For the time being we are happy to report that the wheat imported into Japan appears to have been an isolated incident, with Japan and South Korea lifting its temporary suspension of Canadian wheat.

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 – July 2018

Feed Barley Prices

November 2012 – July 2018

Feed Pea Prices

January 2014 – February 2018

Feed Corn Prices

August 2013 – July 2018

Flax Prices

January 2013 – July 2018

Lentil Prices

May 2015 – July 2018

Pea Prices

February 2016 – July 2018

Oat Prices

November 2012 – July 2018

Malt Barley Prices

February 2016 – May 2018

Soybean Prices

February 2013 – May 2018

Hemp Prices

May 2013 – March 2017

Mustard Prices

January 2014 – June 2018

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