Current Organic Prices

Grain prices are updated monthly by Organic Biz.

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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Field Farms Marketing

What organic grain trends are you seeing in Manitoba? in Saskatchewan? and in Alberta?

As we move into the spring, we have seen a correction in the prices of a number of grains and cereals that are grown in the prairie provinces. Price corrections, like the one we are currently witnessing, are a part of the natural market cycle, especially considering that we have seen some very high prices in the past couple of years. Even with prices in corrective territory, the organic market continues to enjoy generous premiums relative to conventional market prices. Currently, there is an abundant supply of organic wheat available in storage at farms across the prairies. The plentiful supply has been a contributing factor in the corrective prices that we are seeing at the moment. Many of the mills have been full with supply in the first couple months of the year. That said, typically around March/April mills will begin to search for and contract supply for Q2/Q3, which should use up a good portion of the supply that is on the market currently.

Overall, what is the current state of the organic grain market? What options do prairie organic grain farmers have if this continues?

The organic grain market is ticking along at a steady pace even with the higher volume of supply on the market from both domestic and international sources. We are seeing prices sitting closer to their longer term averages, which is slightly down from the highs witnessed in previous years. Each year there are additional farmers converting their practices from conventional to organic, but there is still much less domestic supply available than what the market can absorb. Much of the organic market is supplied by international sources, so there is room for domestic supply to expand in order to meet the current domestic demand- the organic marketplace is still growing year over year. A good practice for organic farmers to get into is speaking to a few potential buyers before seeding in order to get a better idea of what is in demand that year. Another good option is entering a portion of your seeded acres into forward contracts in order to reduce the uncertainty for at least a portion of cash flow.

Grain Millers

What organic grain trends are you seeing in Manitoba? in Saskatchewan? and in Alberta?

The main trend we are seeing across all 3 provinces is a switch back to more traditional organic crops this year. With more uncertainty, and a lack of forward contracting options, producers are leaning away from the pulses, and specialty crops such as peas, lentils and mustards, and back into oats, wheat and flax.

How are provincial, national, and/or international markets impacting organics grains in the prairies?

Part of the reason for the switch back to cereal crops is that overall, markets are tight. With new producers chasing the often-higher priced specialty markets, market demand for traditional crops has been driven higher. For example, if the world demand for organic lentils climbs, the prairies will see acreage climb, in turn pressuring acres of other crops and helping to support those prices. Imports of organic feeds into the US has been an important factor as well. These import grains are often able to be brought in at a lower price than domestic grain, pushing domestic feed markets lower and making it harder for our growers to market off-grade products.

Overall, what is the current state of the organic grain market? What options do prairie organic grain farmers have if this continues?

We still feel that the organic market is experiencing growth right now. Market prices have leveled off some, but there is still growing demand in the market. I think the key for organic producers is to “stay the course” as far as rotations go, and to avoid chasing the short term, high priced specialty markets, with much more than a few acres. Once they get a rotation set up that is working well for them, that is the best course for long term success in this market.

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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Feed Pea Prices

January 2014 – February 2018

Feed Corn Prices

August 2013 – July 2018

Flax Prices

January 2013 – October 2018

Lentil Prices

May 2015 – November2018

Wheat Prices 

November 2012 – August 2018

Soybean Prices

February 2013 – September 2018

Malt Barley Prices

February 2016 – May 2018

Feed Barley Prices

November 2012 – July 2018

Oat Prices

November 2012 –  November 2018

Pea Prices

February 2016 – November 2018

Hemp Prices

May 2013 – March 2017

Mustard Prices

January 2014 – June 2018