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.

Market Commentaries

Each month, we reach out to the industry’s leading organic grain buyers for insights on the markets. Hit the ground running when it’s time to harvest your crops!

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Grain Millers

What impact has frost had on organic grain quality and farmer income this harvest?

So far, from what we have seen, the frost had minimal impact on a large amount of the organic crop. Some of the later seeded crops that still contained a large percentage of green, immature kernels have been affected, but for the most part, the crop was mature beyond that in most areas when the frost hit. For us, we have a small tolerance for mild frost damage, so producer income will not be too adversely affected.

How can organic farmers mitigate their risk to frost damage?

The only way to really mitigate frost damage is early seeding, enabling you to harvest a mature crop before the first frost. Along with the early seeding is using good quality seed that will germinate evenly and vigorously. However, if you seed too early, then you are exposing yourself to a late spring frost, which can severely damage your crop as well, possibly even forcing you to reseed it.

What are some strategies for creating a successful producer marketing group? 

In my experiences with producer marketing groups, diligence and diversity has made them successful. You need to be in constant contact with your producers, and you need to stay on top and in touch with your markets and buyers in order to capture any premium opportunities. Having good leadership within the group is also key, as buyers will respond well to that.

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What impact has frost had on organic grain quality and farmer income this harvest?

The answer to this question is largely dependent on the region in question. For example, Saskatchewan appears to have avoided frost problems this harvest while some regions in Manitoba have reported harmful early frosts. Mother Nature did however, reward western producers who harvested early and avoided the September snow.

On a related note, over the summer, the Canadian Grain Commission altered the grain sampling system from combined standard samples to individual standard samples for frost, heat stress, and mildew. This follows research showing that grading factors do not necessarily have a negative impact on the end-use of grain. The changes are meant to prevent superfluous downgrading of grains. These changes to the CGC grading system may help mitigate quality and income damages caused by frost this season.

How can organic farmers mitigate their risk to frost damage?

During planting farmers should be cautious of low lying areas that are more susceptible to frost occurrence. As well, good airflow over a planting area can prove useful for preventing frost development and subsequent damage to crops. Sound monitoring practices, especially following a bout of frost, will help farmers notice frost damage on crops.

There are also a number of infrastructure developments that can be implemented on farm including frost fans, sprinklers, and heating elements. We encourage growers to consult with their local farm extension for more information and to find the product that works best for their unique situation.

What are some strategies for creating a successful producer marketing group? 

Having a nuanced understanding of the products, their markets, and consumer trends is key to developing a successful producer marketing group. A strong example of a good producer marketing group is Ontario Goat. One resource this organization provides to producers is a holiday calendar that targets various observances that lead to an increase in goat meat consumption. This is an excellent approach for providing producers with the marketing knowledge necessary to be competitive in the marketplace.

The above approach is of course specific to the goat industry, however the lesson stands that market knowledge is key to successful marketing. For organic grain farmers, creating marketing groups allows producers to pool crop lots and become more competitive in the marketplace by being able to offer buyers more significant volumes. As well, we all know that not all grains are created equal, and marketing groups allow producers to homogenize grain quality by mixing lots.

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 – November 2018

Feed Barley Prices

November 2012 – November 2018

Feed Pea Prices

January 2014 – February 2018

Feed Corn Prices

August 2013 – July 2018

Flax Prices

January 2013 – October 2018

Lentil Prices

May 2015 – November 2018

Pea Prices

February 2016 – November 2018

Oat Prices

November 2012 – November 2018

Malt Barley Prices

February 2016 – May 2018

Soybean Prices

February 2013 – September 2018

Hemp Prices

May 2013 – March 2017

Mustard Prices

January 2014 – June 2018

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