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2018 Organic Grain Harvest Report for Western Canada

economicsJay Leslie
2018 Organic Grain Harvest Report for Western Canada

The 2018 western Canadian organic grain harvest is now well underway across the Canadian Prairies. Despite the hot, dry conditions that have hurt crop potential in some areas, organic field crops on the whole look set to come in average or above-average, both in terms of yield and quality. The long-range forecast currently appears clear and hot across western Canada, which bodes well for continuing smooth harvest operations.

Of course there are always exceptions, and pockets where hail and crop invaders took their toll on yields. Organic malt barley may be tough to find this year due to elevated protein levels which comes into cereal grains that experience extreme heat and dryness during the growing season. Farmers across the Prairies will need to see some moisture this fall in order to re-establish sufficient subsoil moisture for the 2019 crop.

The organic fall rye and winter wheat harvests are all but complete. Farmers are now getting into swathing of barley and spring wheat, and combining peas and lentils. Barring a significant stretch of rain, harvest looks set to continue under good conditions in the days and weeks ahead.

Jay Leslie was born and raised in the central prairie city of Portage La Prairie. Growing up in the prairies with small-town values helped shape his character into the person he is today. Described as a creative leader, with an extroverted personality, Jay has never been one to shy away from challenge or adventure. After graduating as class valedictorian from Arthur Meighen High School, he went on to study advertising, design and communications at Red River College; graduating in 2006 with a post-diploma in Advanced Graphic Design. After school, Jay cut his teeth working in a small design boutique in Winnipeg’s St. Boniface neighborhood, and gained valuable experience in design and project management. In the winter of 2007, he landed a design position with a world-class company, National Leasing. A position which has allowed him to develop an extremely well-rounded skill set in not only design, but also business and marketing management. Through years of growth and hands-on experience, Jay grew to become Marketing Manager; specializing in business-to-business marketing, targeting multiple industries across Canada. He continues to build his career while also maintaining a design consultancy. A proud Winnipeger, Jay Leslie resides in the heart of Osborne Village with his girlfriend and their rabbit, Buns. In the spare time Jay has, he lives to snowboard, loves to golf, and makes time to stay active. Above all Jay values family and friendship, and gains a sense of pride from the outstanding people in his community.