It is important to know the grade and dockage of your grain prior to marketing to ensure that you receive a fair price for your grain. The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) provides the following grain grading services:
The Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program
The Harvest Sample Program provides unofficial grade and quality results at no charge for most grain, oilseed, and pulse crops. Samples are submitted at harvest time and results are emailed to the producer. Producers who have previously signed up for the Harvest Sample Program will receive a Harvest Sample kit annually. For more information on the Harvest Sample Program or to sign up visit the CGC website.
Producer Request for Inspection Services
Producers that did not participate in the Harvest Sample Program but would still like to receive a grade for their grain can submit a sample to the CGC for a fee. It is important to submit a representative grain sample as the grade received should accurately represent grain stored in a bin. Instructions on representative grain sampling can be found on the CGC website. Once you have a representative sample, complete the request for inspection services form I-106 and send the sample by mail or courier to the CGC Weyburn office for inspection. Instructions and additional tests available are found on the form.
What steps can be taken when you disagree with an elevator’s assessment of your grain’s grade and dockage?
As legislated under the Canadian Grains Act producers can dispute a licensed primary elevator’s assessment of their grain. If you do not agree with the assessment of your grain at the time of delivery, you can ask that a representative sample of your grain be sent to the CGC for inspection. Payment for your grain will be subject to the inspectors grade and dockage. For more information, visit the dispute your grain grade section of the CGC website.
Submitted by Anne Kirk, Cereal Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture