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June 2015

Organic prices

Below are the highest organic grain prices (spot market prices unless otherwise indicated) gathered recently by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. Sources include farmers and buyers who have shared recent sales prices and theUSDA National Organic Grain & Feedstuffs Report. Prices do not include transportation unless otherwise indicated. Conventional prices come fromRayglen Commodities. USDA prices are in US dollars, the rest of the prices are Canadian.

For vegetable prices, check outCyber-Help for Organic Farmerslists wholesale prices for organic fruit (fresh and frozen) and vegetables (Vancouver).

Old crop organic wheat is still plentiful, but organic peas are scarce, leading to a significant price bump. Some specialty crops such as organic mustard are also in demand in the marketplace. So far this year, organic feed prices have been fairly steady, part way between 2013 and 2014 prices.

Soybeans - food$30.25/bu (USDA)
Soybeans - feed$24.96 (USDA)
Oats - milling$6/bu
Corn - feed$12.54 (USDA); conv. $4.40/bu
Wheat - milling (HRS)$17/bu (USDA); conv. $4.65/bu
Wheat - feed$11.84 (USDA); conv. $3.50-7/bu
Rye - feed grade$8/bu fob farm
Flax - brown$37/bu (old crop); new crop $35/bu; conv. $10-$12.25/bu
Flax - golden$29/bu (new crop)
Peas - food grade$20/bu; conv. $8.50-$9.25/bu (green)
Peas - feed grade$17.69/bu del to e. ON
Lentils - large green$0.76/lb.; conv. $0.21-0.35/lb.

Organic Premium this Month(based on highest organic and conventional prices)

Lentils - large green217%
Flax - brown302%
Peas - food216%
Corn - feed285%
Wheat - milling HRS366%
Wheat - feed338%


Organic market opportunities

Grain Millers is seeking old crop organic brown flax @$37/bu and has new crop contracts for $35/bu (contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The company is also looking for 250,000 bu of new crop organic large green lentils @ $0.76/lb. and old crop feed rye ($8/bu) and other feed grains (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Summer field tours in Manitoba

July 8 1-4 pm Long-Term Study Field Day at the University of Manitoba's Glenlea Research Station

Organic Field Trials

Hosted by Martin Entz and the Natural Systems Agriculture Group

▪Lessons from the 24-year-old Glenlea crop rotation study including alternative weed and soil fertility management practices
▪Direct seeding wheat using mulches instead of Glyphosate
▪Inter-row tillage for small grain production
▪Making nutrient-rich compost from farm and urban waste
▪Soil health measurements
▪Oat variety development for organic and ecological production

Composting Tour

Hosted by Mario Tenuta and Trevor Fraser

▪Tools and equipment for composting
▪Composting do's and don'ts
▪Challenges of farm scale composting
▪Benefits of composting


Glenlea Research Station field, 15 min. south of Winnipeg on Hwy 75, turn west on Glenlea Rd (1 mile south of the Station) and watch for summer students to guide you to the site.

July 13 1-4 pm 2015 Grazing Club Summer Tour at Brian Harper Farm


▪Benefits and challenges of high stock density grazing
▪Improving soil health with cows and grass
▪Grazing management with temporary electric fencing
▪Sod seeding legumes into existing pasture
▪Livestock water system using pasture pipeline
▪Tour forage trials at Brandon Research Center
▪Special guest Neil Dennis (mob grazier from Wawota, SK)

For more information contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at 204 365-6334


SW 4-11-19. The home yard is 3 miles west of Tim Horton's at Highway #1 in Brandon or 1 mile east of the junction of #270 and #1 on the north side of #1. Turn onto St. Georges Road to first approach on east side. Machine shed is tan colour with dark brown trim.

July 15 6:30-8:30 pm Ecological and Organic Farming Systems Twilight Tour at U of M Ian N. Morrison Research Farm, Carman MB

5:30 pm - free BBQ and meet and greet followed by tour


▪New organic seed quality research
▪Organic soybean variety test
▪Organic food grade corn production
▪Evaluation of farmer-selected wheat and oat varieties - see how farmer-bred varieties compare to popular wheat and oat check varieties.
▪Tools and ideas on how to conduct inter-row tillage for weed control in small grain production


1.8 km west of Carman on Highway 245 on the south side

July 17 1:00 pm 2015 OPAM organic grain farm tours

1. Kent Mathieson, Woodside Stock Farm, Cromer
2. Roland and Wanda Toews, Cromer
3. Keith Raisbeck, Redvers, SK

People will gather at Kent's place in Cromer at 1 pm to see his grain and cattle operation and then drive 15 minutes to Roland Toew's place. From there, the caravan will head west to Saskatchewan to see Keith Raisbeck's grain operation. Eventually, the tour will end up back where it started at Woodside Stock Farm for a potluck BBQ. All are welcome.


From the south:

From Cromer, head north on #256 for 4.5 miles to #54 N. Go 1.5 mi east and watch for the farm sign on the north side.

From the north:

At Elkhorn on highway #1, go 12 mi s on #256 to #54 N. Proceed 1.5 mi e and the farm will be on the north side (watch for the farm sign).

From the east:

At the junction of highways 257 and 83 in Virden go 10 mi west on #257 to #164. Go 3 mi south to 54 N and 0.5 mi w. The farm will be on the north side (watch for the farm sign).

July 22 2:30-4:00 pm Field Walk at Howpark Farms

* Evaluation of farmer-selected wheat varieties
* Effect of variable rates of composted manure


From Brandon – From Richmond Avenue and 65th Street east: Drive south on 65th street east for 7 miles until you reach a dead end. Turn left (east) and drive 1 mile to Road 104 west, turn south and the field site is 2 miles south.

From highway 2 – Drive north on Rounthwaite Road (3 miles west of the Souris River Valley) and go 5 miles to the first stop sign. Turn left and travel 1 mile, then turn right and the field site is 2 miles north on the east side of the road.

August 17 2015 Organic and non-GMO soybean variety field walk

St. Pierre Jolys, MB
Stay tuned for time and directions


Organic news bytes

Ottawa plans compensation for farmers to blunt impact of trade deal

The federal government is preparing a financial compensation package for Canadian dairy and poultry farmers as a way to blunt the impact of signing onto a massive Pacific Rim trade deal which could allow a surge of agricultural imports from other countries, sources said.

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Federal government, industry invest $2.2M in organic crop production

The rapidly expanding North American organic food industry is suffering from growing pains — a limited number of organic farmers can’t keep up with swelling demand for their crops.

That’s why several organic food processors, other industry players and the federal government are contributing money to boost production in Western Canada with a $2.2-million market-expansion initiative.

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Study: Organic Farming Is More Profitable Than Conventional

After years of steady growth in demand, organic food now accounts for 5 percent of US food sales. Yet organically managed land makes up just 1 percent of US farmland. Why hasn't the craze for organics moved from the supermarket to the countryside? The problem isn't a lack of profitability, a newpaperfrom Washington State University researchers David Crowdera and John Reganold finds.

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Poultry at major supermarkets falsely labeled as ‘organic': lawsuit

A fired manager for a commercial poultry producer in Ontario is alleging her former employer, Cericola Farms Inc., falsified labels to say chicken products were “certified organic” before shipping the chicken to major supermarkets in Ontario and New Brunswick.

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Retailers cater to demand for local, sustainable, safe food

The world of food revolves around what customers want.

A demand for locally sourced food that is produced sustainably and has less packaging has forced retailers to change how they do business, said Paul Uys, formerly with Loblaws and now part of the University of Guelph’s Food Institute.

Suppliers are feeling more pressure from retailers, non-governmental organizations and consumers.

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U.S. firm buys Manitoba hemp company for $133M

A Manitoba company that specializes in hemp products has been bought by a U.S. firm for $132.5 million.

On Monday, Compass Diversified Holdings announced its plan to buy Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd., otherwise known as "Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods."

Compass Diversified Holdings buys small or middle-market businesses in niche markets, according to the company's website.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods made about $38 million in revenue last year, a 24 per cent increase from the previous year.

June 8, CBC


Need your information for a new organic business to business directory

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development is putting together a directory of all of the Manitoba grown and or processed organic food products available for sale in retail and food service channels. If you have packaged organic products, we want to hear from you. There is no cost for this service. Please send your complete list of products and package sizes toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Calling all organic or transitioning producers to complete survey

This survey is part of the Prairie Organic Grains Initiative which will benefit organic growers in the Prairies. The survey is intended for all certified organic and transitional producers who actively grow organic or transitional field crops (cereals, pulses or oilseeds) for the food or feed market in one of the three Prairie provinces.

If you are not certified or in transition under the supervision of a Certification Body or if you only grow feed grains for your own livestock, you do not have to complete the survey.

All data are confidential and all respondents will have their name entered to win free organic certification for 2015. Winners will be contacted in the Fall of 2015.

Clickhereto go to the survey

Or send or call or send an email for a print version:

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Thank you for your contribution!


Biotech Bytes

Genetically engineered diamondback moth field Trial

Environmental, advocacy and organic farming organizations have sent a letter Thursday to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball along with Cornell University President David Skorton and Agricultural School Associate Dean Susan Brown, urging them to release information to the public about the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths at Cornell’s agricultural experiment station in Geneva, New York and to stop any outdoor trials until more adequate information is available.

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Prairie organics: Think whole farm

February 18-19 2016 Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm

Plan to attend this two day organic production conference at the University of Manitoba presented by the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative and the University of Manitoba with support from Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. The conference highlights leading thinking on whole farm management practices. Some of Canada's most successful organic vegetable producers will kick off Day 1 and both days will showcase the latest research and practices for maintaining soil fertility and managing weeds in grain systems and optimal grazing and animal health practices in mixed farming systems. Organic producers will have the opportunity to network, peruse the tradeshow and meet buyers in the Food Services and Organic Grains sector in one-on-one meetings. Stay tuned for more details and registration information in October.


Organic university

Making the most of mixtures: Considerations for winter cover crops in temperate climates

This is a great new resource to help you get the most from cover crops.

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New full-colour field guide to help producers manage 90 western Canadian agricultural pests

What you’ll find inside:
Description of over 90 economic pests and 30+ natural enemy species or species groups:
• diagnostic characteristics
• life cycle
• damage
• monitoring/scouting techniques
• economic threshold
• control options
• large full-colour photos
• natural enemy and pest relationships

Available as a free download inEnglishandFrench

New video on organic no till

Check out thisnew videoby Kathleen Delate from Iowa State



August 6-8 2015 Sustainable Ranching and Regenerative Grazing CourseLearn how to double your profits while regenerating your environment. Instructor Johann Zietsman is a renowned cattle and composite breeder and a certified Holistic Management practitioner. Zietsman is acknowledged as the first person to use Ultra High Stock Density. Cost $500, lunch is provided all three days. For more information and to register, contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 204 662-4060

August 27 9:00 am -4:30 pm 2015 Food Handler Certificate CourseClickherefor details.

September 10 2015 6:30-9:30 pm Farners' FeastTickets are now on salefor this annual fundraising event for St. Norbert's Farmers' Market.

September 17 8:30 - 4:40 pm 2015 Non-Conformities & Root Cause AnalysisMFPA food safety workshop for food processors. Clickherefor details.

September 19-26 2015 Organic Weekwww.organicweek.ca

September 19-20 2015 Canadian Health Food Association EastThis trade show is the place to be for food processors with a natural or organic food product to sell. Clickherefor details.

September 20 2015 Open Farm DayThe deadline to register as a host farm has been extended to July 10 2015. Clickherefor details.

October 7-8 2015 Packaging Conference: Packaging that Makes Products SellRichardson Centre for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals
University of Manitoba. Clickherefor the details.

February 18-19 2016 Prairie Organics: Think Whole FarmSee details above.