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.