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Harvest Sample Program grows

By Mitchell Japp, MSc, PAg, Provincial Specialist, Cereal Crops, Regina

Durum wheat getting ready for the Harvest Sample Program in a few weeks.

Durum wheat getting ready for harvest
Durum wheat getting ready for
the Harvest Sample Program in
a few weeks.
Harvest 2018 is underway. Before it really gets rolling, take a few minutes to check out the Harvest Sample Program offered by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC).

The Harvest Sample Program is voluntary for producers, but there are benefits individually and for the industry as a whole. Individual benefits include:

  • Unofficial grade;
  • Dockage assessment on canola;
  • Protein content on barley, beans, chickpeas, lentils, oats, peas and wheat;
  • Oil, protein and chlorophyll content for canola;
  • Oil and protein content and iodine value for flaxseed;
  • Oil and protein for mustard seed and soybeans; and
  • Deoxynivalenol (DON – also known as “vomitoxin”) content and Falling Number results for wheat.

Falling number and DON testing are new to the program for 2018. Many producers will have noticed that grain buyers are looking at DON/vomitoxin and/or falling numbers, in addition to grading their wheat. International buyers appreciate the standard grades, but may ask for specifications such as falling number. Deoxynivalenol (DON) is a health issue. Now producers will have a CGC standard to compare to when they are marketing their grain, if they participate in the Harvest Sample Program.

There are benefits for industry, as well. The Harvest Sample Program gives a good overview of the harvest quality for the Prairies and helps in marketing the grain. Cereals Canada, Cigi and CGC join together on marketing missions as Team Canada. In addition to marketing efforts, the CGC uses the samples to evaluate grades and conduct other research projects that benefit producers.

Past users of the Harvest Sample Program should receive a kit for submitting samples. First timers to the program should sign up online so the sample kit gets shipped to them in ample time for harvest.

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