Beginning this year, grain and oilseed producers who submit crop samples to the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program will have a new option that allows them to receive their results more quickly.
Producers who provide an email address can get sample results via email — including unofficial grade and quality — as soon as their samples have been analyzed.
The Harvest Sample Program is voluntary.
Growers who sign up receive a harvest sample kit that contains envelopes for sending in samples of their crop.
In exchange for submitting a sample, growers receive the following information:
- a dockage assessment on canola
- an unofficial grade determination
- protein content assessments on barley, beans, chickpeas, lentils, oats, peas and wheat
- an analysis of oil, protein and chlorophyll content for canola and flaxseed
- oil and protein readings for mustard seed and soybeans
Details of the program can be viewed online at www.grainscanada.gc.ca/quality-qualite/hsp-per/hspm-mper-eng.htm.
Growers are encouraged to submit samples as early as possible.
Early submissions ensure that growers receive their unofficial grade and quality information in a timely manner, before marketing.
Crop quality data gathered through the sample program is made available to marketers and is used to promote the sale of Canadian grain, pulse crops and oilseeds.
The program also supports Canada’s ability to deliver consistent, high-quality grain to domestic and foreign buyers.
Samples are normally accepted until the end of October.