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

September 2018

Grain Type Production Type Price Bushel (Tonne) Details
chickpeas $95 cents/lb Western Canada 2018 Crop (344% Premium over Conventional)
lentils black $98 cents/lb Western Canada 2018 Crop (582% Premium over Conventional)
lentils red $52 cents/lb Western Canada 2018 Crop (347% Premium over Conventional)
lentils french green $100 cents/lb Western Canada 2018 Crop (455% Premium over Conventional)
lentils large green $80 - 90 cents/lb Western Canada 2018 Crop (472% Premium over Conventional)
peas green $16.00 - $18.00 ($588 - $661) Western Canada 2018 Crop (234% Premium over Conventional)
peas yellow $15.00 - $16.50 ($551 - $606) Western Canada 2018 Crop (256% Premium over Conventional)
flax $30.00 - $35.00 ($1,181-$1,378) Western Canada 2018 Crop (256% Premium over Conventional)
flax feed $21.00 - $22.00 ($827 - $866) Western Canada 2018 Crop (179% Premium over Conventional)
flax gold $38.00 ($1,496) Western Canada 2018 Crop (304% Premium over Conventional)
flax brown $34.00 ($1,339) Western Canada 2018 Crop (283% Premium over Conventional)
oats milling $5.00 - $6.00 ($357-$389) Western Canada 2018 Crop (192% Premium over Conventional)
oats feed $3.00 - $5.00 ($195-$324) Western Canada 2018 Crop (178% Premium over Conventional)
barley feed $6.50 - $7.40 ($299-$340) Western Canada 2018 Crop (172% Premium over Conventional)
wheat durum $19.25 ($707) Western Canada 2018 Crop (335% Premium over Conventional)
wheat feed $9.50 - $11.00 ($349-$404) Western Canada 2018 Crop (193% Premium over Conventional)
wheat soft white spring $14.00 - $16.50 ($514-$606) Western Canada 2018 Crop (268% Premium over Conventional)
wheat hard red spring $15.00 - $17.00 ($551-$625) Western Canada 2018 Crop (241% Premium over Conventional)
rye milling $8.00 - $8.50 ($315-$335) Western Canada 2018 Crop (118% Premium over Conventional)
rye feed $5.50 ($217) Western Canada 2018 Crop (94% Premium over Conventional)
corn $11.25 ($472) Western Canada 2018 Crop (201% Premium over Conventional)
soybeans $11.25 ($1,066) Western Canada 2018 Crop (210% Premium over Conventional)
hemp seed $140 - 150 cents/lb Western Canada 2018 Crop (207% Premium over Conventional)
hemp for cbd (chaff, flowers, & leaves) $400 - 1000 cents/lb Western Canada 2018 Crop (233% Premium over Conventional)

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 are NAFTA negotiations having on organic grain marketing, exporting, and/or pricing?

As far as the NAFTA negotiations, or lack thereof, go, we initially were concerned about potential restrictions on shipping, and what it could do to sales into the US. However, we really have not seen any sort of delays on shipping, or orders coming to us from across the border. If anything, sales may have even increased some, which is always a good thing.

What impact is the Fall weather having on the grain quality and volume this year?

Up until now, the quality and yields of the earlier harvested crops have been way better than expected! With the dry conditions this year, we were expecting lower yields and light test weights, but so far, yields have been surprisingly good, and the weights have been above our spec for the most part. Some of the later harvested crop could have some quality issues due to mildew and sprouting, but fortunately the weather has remained cool, and that will help curb some of that quality loss.

With other regions having completed harvest, what impact does that having on the pricing for prairie regions that have not harvested yet?

We really haven’t seen any pricing change through harvest, and that is usually the case. There are always areas that get done ahead of the rest, and whether or not their crop is good, most buyers sit on the sidelines during harvest and don’t get too aggressive until the whole crop is in the bin.

Organic Trade Solutions and Farmer Direct Organic Foods

What impact are NAFTA negotiations having on organic grain marketing, exporting, and/or pricing?

The continuing NAFTA negotiations and the failure to reach a deal has tempered the Canadian dollar in the midst of increasing oil prices.

The Canadian dollar traditionally rises as the price of oil rises making our organic exports to the US more expensive.  Because of NAFTA uncertainty there has been no downward pressure on farm-gate prices due to an appreciating (relative to the USD) Canadian dollar. Exports have not been affected although some buyers are preferring USA domestic organic production because of the uncertainty of a trade war and how this will affect US/Canada trade in agricultural products. As stated above NAFTA uncertainty has ironically kept prices stable.

What impact is the Fall weather having on the grain quality and volume this year?

It’s difficult to determine this, until the harvest is either off or deemed to damaged for food markets. Many of the pulse crops have been harvested but the cereals and oilseeds could be negatively affected.

With other regions having completed harvest, what impact does that have on the pricing for prairie regions that have not harvested yet?

Apparently the great plains had a decent harvest, so this will affect wheat prices most significantly. Despite difficulties with harvest weather, buyers aren’t jumping to lock in good quality harvested wheat at decent prices…at least not yet.

Hemp Production Services

What impact are NAFTA negotiations having on organic grain marketing, exporting, and/or pricing?

The NAFTA negotiations and now renamed USMCA agreement has no effect on marketing hemp between Canada and the US.  At this point, the growing of hemp in the US remains illegal federally. The exception is for those states that are participating in the research pilot program which currently includes about 30 states. More important in the future will be the 2018 US Farm Bill which, if passed, includes the Hemp Farming Act. Under this Act, hemp will no longer be a controlled substance and the sale of CBD will be legalized in all 50 states.

Hemp Production Services is working with some Canadian organic hemp growers to extract CBD. It is expected the new Farm Bill will both improve market demand and access of CBD, but also open up the organic production of hemp and CBD extraction in the US. How this will affect the overall market is not clear at this time.

What impact is the Fall weather having on the grain quality and volume this year?

The cool and wet fall has created a number of challenges in the hemp harvest across the prairies. Although some growers were able to get their harvest off before the weather turned, other growers are struggling to get the crop in, dealing with snow and wet conditions. Grain quality has not been affected yet as the temperatures have been low enough to prevent sprouting. If temperatures would rise with continued wet conditions, hemp seeds would begin to sprout in the head.

With the freezing temperatures, the hemp plant has matured quickly making the seed more susceptible to shelling. If wind speeds pick up, severe shelling could occur if growers are not able to bring in their crop quickly. Hopefully the last of the crop can be brought in by mid October if conditions improve.

W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions

What impact are NAFTA negotiations having on organic grain marketing, exporting, and/or pricing?

We have not felt much impact on the NAFTA negotiations.  There were some concessions on wheat grading, but the effects should be minor.  However, the trade war between US and China is looking to be a lot more complicated than expected.  Both sides do not seem to be letting up and this is causing slight hesitations in the market place.  We are watching closely to see what level of tariffs will be placed on Chinese products entering back into the US.

What impact is the Fall weather having on the grain quality and volume this year?

The fall weather has been wreaking havoc on a lot of the farmers in the prairies.  The rain, snow, and frost has caused some producers to sit on the sidelines for over 3 weeks. This has caused a lot crops to be completely wiped out or downgraded to feed quality.  There are lots of delays in combining and getting product into the bin.

With other regions having completed harvest, what impact does that have on the pricing for prairie regions that have not harvested yet?

Due to the these weather conditions, there will be some shortages in the market as Alberta and Saskatchewan were hit hard.  Currently we have seen very little price spikes but that might change in the future.  Larger crops being harvested in the US could offset any potential rise in prices for Canadian producers.

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 – September 2018

Feed Barley Prices

November 2012 – September 2018

Feed Pea Prices

January 2014 – February 2018

Feed Corn Prices

August 2013 – July 2018

Flax Prices

January 2013 – September 2018

Lentil Prices

May 2015 – September 2018

Pea Prices

February 2016 – September 2018

Oat Prices

November 2012 – September 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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