August 16, 2013

Free, unofficial grain grade with Harvest Sample Program

With this year's harvest starting in Western Canada, producers have until November 1, 2013 to send in a grain sample to get a free unofficial grade and quality information through the Harvest Sample Program. If you haven't participated before, sign up by October 15 to make sure you receive your Harvest Sample Program kit in time to send a sample this fall.

"Our Harvest Sample Program is a voluntary program that gives producers important information about their grain at no cost to them. It also helps promote the sale of Canadian grain by providing customers with scientific information about the quality of this year's harvest," said Elwin Hermanson, chief commissioner for the Canadian Grain Commission.

Easy to participate
Participating in the Harvest Sample Program is easy and starts with signing up to receive your free kit, which includes postage-paid envelopes and instructions for sending in your sample.

Producers who send in a grain sample are also eligible to win prizes, and the earlier you send in your samples, the greater your chances of winning.

Quality information for producers

Even if you have a good idea about the quality of your grain, by sending in your sample, you'll also be able to access detailed information, such as:

Protein content on 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
New this year, the Canadian Grain Commission is providing dockage assessment for canola samples.

Details about how to access your information online, by phone or email are available here.

Market support and research
We use harvest samples to test the quality of the annual crop. Crop data helps with the marketing of Canadian grain to customers. Your harvest samples also contribute to important scientific research into grading issues and finding new uses and markets for Canadian grain.

Cereal (grain maize) harvest in Brazil
Cereal (grain maize) harvest in Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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