Current Organic 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.

Market Commentaries

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

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Grain Millers

Now that seeding is complete, what should farmers be thinking about in terms of marketing? Is there anything they should be strategically planning for?

Now that seeding is complete, the primary thought usually runs to getting the bins empty and ready to refill at harvest. It can be a very tough time to find lucrative markets, because most buyers are full for the summer, or very close to it. Also, most buyers are looking to have their bins as empty as possible at this time of year to accommodate the harvest delivery contracts that they have signed earlier. Our recommendation is to strive to have most of the grain that you are needing to sell marketed prior to seeding, to avoid the usually depressed post-seeding market. 

What are some things that producers should be thinking of/doing to prepare for harvest?

To prepare for harvest, one of the most important things that farmers can do is properly prepare their storage. This means cleaning out bins, sweeping, checking for any leaks or water seepage, and if necessary, spreading some Diatomaceous Earth around the perimeter of the bin. This will help prevent rusty grain beetles and other stored grain insects from finding a home in your grain.

What are some post-harvest things that can affect the quality of crops, and how would you suggest farmers deal with those issues?

During harvest, and post harvest, producers need to be taking good samples, and checking quality and moisture as frequently as needed. One of the easiest things to overlook is stored grain moisture, and how quickly that can turn into a quality issue, potentially taking your grain out of the milling market, and putting into the much less lucrative feed market. Keeping accurate samples and getting grain dried down into good storable condition is imperative. Having good storage is key to ensuring the quality of your grain remains saleable and opens doors to many marketing opportunities.

Field Farms Marketing

Now that seeding is complete, what should farmers be thinking about in terms of marketing? Is there anything they should be strategically planning for?

Now that seeding is complete, farmers should be thinking about their marketing strategy: food vs the feed market. By devising a strategy that can assess market conditions, prices, and costs-to-carry; producers will be better positioned to unload their products for an optimal return. We believe that producers ‘should’ take this time to reflect on previous crop seasons – what was sold into the food market and what percentage of the overall crop was sold into the feed market. Rotating with feed crops, such as peas and oats is a good strategy to replenish the soils. Finally, it is important to sell crops in segments: some at harvest, mid-season, and before the new crop year. This strategy helps dilute market risk and regulate cash flow.

What are some things that producers should be thinking of/doing to prepare for harvest?

While in preparation for harvest, farmers should be communicating with their local bulk carriers to identify cost-saving modes of transportation to bring product to market efficiently. Also, knowing the closest rail-site for loading can help better market the farmers’ product and may help the farmer add value by transferring these savings to the total sale price.

What are some post-harvest things that can affect the quality of crops, and how would you suggest farmers deal with those issues?

Moisture migration and insect infestation are two leading factors that impact the quality of the crops and can be minimized through several stored-grain management techniques. Aerating the crops is the most effective way to maintain optimal temperature and moisture levels and prevent spoilage from mold pockets. In efforts to control insect infestation, farmers should add diatomaceous earth to the stored-grain while it is being rotated to desiccate any insects while they feed.

W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions

Now that seeding is complete, what should farmers be thinking about in terms of marketing? Is there anything they should be strategically planning for?

We believe the best marketing tactic for any producer is to produce a great crop. If the crop easily makes specification, there will be no shortage of buyers wanting their product.  Producers should be consistently monitoring progress and managing their weeds as necessary.  Always keep an ear to the market and where it’s heading but most of the marketing decisions should be made before seeding.  Always talk to your buyers before beginning to get a feel on where demand is.

What are some things that producers should be thinking of/doing to prepare for harvest?

We feel that most producers, before preparing for harvest, must be aware of the serious nature of earth tagging. For the most part, these issues can be avoided if they are aware of the situation beforehand. We suggest producers ensure best farming practices to minimize this problem.

Kamut

Our take away from what we have heard this spring is that while there are export opportunities. The export market faces so many unknown variables thanks to the US pulling out of international trade agreements and threatening and initiating tariffs, that it is difficult to predict the export and domestic markets. Storage variables may come into play, both having enough on farm storage and suffering loss due to an extended storage period for organic grains.

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 – June 2018

Feed Corn Prices

August 2013 – May 2018

Soybean Prices

February 2013 – May 2018

Feed Pea Prices

January 2014 – February 2018

Lentil Prices

May 2015 – June 2018

Flax Prices

January 2013 – June 2018

Malt Barley Prices

February 2016 – May 2018

Feed Barley Prices

November 2012 – May 2018

Oat Prices

November 2012 – June 2018

Pea Prices

February 2016 – June 2018

Hemp Prices

May 2013 – March 2017

Mustard Prices

January 2014 – June 2018