Know Your Grade  03/06/13 10:56:33 AM

Start by knowing your grain’s grade
Elwin Hermanson, Canadian Grain Commission

At this year’s farm shows, producers have asked us, "How do I know I’m getting a fair grade for my grain?" The Canadian Grain Commission has two programs that let you know your grade before delivery. As well, you have the right to get a binding decision on grade and dockage if you don’t agree with the primary elevator’s assessment at delivery.

Know your grain’s grade before delivery
The Canadian Grain Commission offers two ways to find out more about your grain’s quality, helping you when it comes time to talk to elevator managers and grain dealers.

Harvest Sample Program
This program gives producers a free grade on samples from the current year’s crop. Producers can submit samples every fall. To take part for the 2013 harvest, sign up now at our farm show booth or on our web site.

Before harvest, the Canadian Grain Commission sends participating producers a personalized kit, including postage-paid envelopes. Producers fill the envelopes with representative grain samples and mail them to the Canadian Grain Commission.
For each sample, Canadian Grain Commission inspectors provide:

  • Grade and quality results
  • Protein content for cereal grains and pulses
  • Oil, protein and chlorophyll content for canola
  • Oil and protein content and iodine value for flaxseed
  • Oil and protein for mustard seed and soybeans
Grade and quality results apply to the sample submitted and not to the entire lot of grain.
The Harvest Sample Program can be used for cereal grains, pulses, canola, flaxseed, mustard seed and soybeans.

Submitted sample services
The Canadian Grain Commission’s submitted sample services are available to producers year-round. A fee is charged.

With our submitted sample services, producers send a representative sample of their grain to one of the Canadian Grain Commission’s service centres for assessment. In return, producers receive a certificate that shows:

  • Grade (including main degrading reason if relevant)
  • Dockage
  • Moisture (if sample is received in a moisture-proof container)

Upon request, a Canadian Grain Commission inspector will also assess protein content for wheat samples.

Grade and quality results apply to the sample submitted and not to the entire lot of grain.
Submitted sample services can be used for any grain regulated by the Canadian Grain Commission.

Use Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage
A producer and a primary elevator operator may disagree on the delivery’s grade. When this happens, producers can exercise their right to have a sample sent to the Canadian Grain Commission for a binding decision on grade and dockage. This right is guaranteed under the Canada Grain Act and is referred to as Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage.

With this service, a producer asks an elevator operator to send a sample to the Canadian Grain Commission for inspection. A Canadian Grain Commission inspector inspects the sample for grade, dockage and moisture content. Producers may also request an assessment of protein content on wheat samples.

The assessment made by a Canadian Grain Commission inspector is binding. The primary elevator must issue a cash purchase ticket that reflects the Canadian Grain Commission’s quality assessment.

Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage can be used for any grain regulated by the Canadian Grain Commission delivered to a licensed primary elevator.

Remember: under the Canada Grain Regulations, producers (or the person delivering on a producer’s behalf) have the right to ask to observe the elevator operator as the operator assesses grade and dockage.

Accurate samples mean accurate results
When you take a representative sample, you ensure that your quality results accurately reflect your grain lot. Our web site has complete instructions for taking a representative sample, details about all of the programs I’ve described here and our farm show schedule.

Visit www.grainscanada.gc.ca.
 

 
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