handful of grainSmall grains play an important role in Maine agriculture, and their value is increasing with new markets for a greater variety of grains, pulses, and oilseeds. Here you will find information on growing these field crops for feed, food, beverages, and energy.

Our Fact Sheets, Videos, and Research Reports provide information on growing small grains, pulses and oilseeds, including variety selection, seeding methods, weed and disease management, fertility management, grain quality requirements for specific markets, and crop enterprise budgets. As well, see videos of local grain economies in Denmark and Quebec.

Our Maine Grain Conference is held annually in late winter. The conference features topics related to production, processing, and local use of food, beverage and feed grains, with expert speakers from around the region.

The Northeast (U.S.) and Eastern (Canada) Organic Grain Network, NEEOGRAIN, was established in 2017 in collaboration with the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network to increase communication among commercial organic grain farmers, buyers, and advisors in our broad region. If you are interested in signing up for the NEEOGRAIN email forum (“listserv”), send an email to Ellen Mallory at ellen.mallory@maine.edu.

Finally, past issues of the Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter, which ran from 2013 to 2016, are available by clicking on the link here or above. The newsletter provided production and research information to Maine’s grain, pulse, and oilseed producers. Information included tips on production, fertility, marketing, pest management, and more.