Producers reminded to send in harvest samples

WINNIPEG, Sept. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Over 4400 harvest samples from Canadian grain producers have already arrived at the Canadian Grain Commission. However, more samples are needed to ensure our quality data is representative of this year's crop.

Harvest sample kits were mailed to registered participants, beginning in August and samples began arriving at Canadian Grain Commission headquarters soon after. If you've received your envelopes and have not sent in a sample yet, please send it as soon as you can.

Producers who are not already registered have until October 15, 2015 to sign up. Registration can be completed online or by calling 1-800-853-6705.

The Harvest Sample Program is voluntary and free to producers. In exchange for taking part, participants receive an unofficial grade and quality information about their grain. Each fall, the Canadian Grain Commission publishes quality data based on analysis of harvest samples. This data is used to promote the sale of Canadian grain.

Quick facts

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada's grain quality standards. Its programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers' rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions.

 

SOURCE Canadian Grain Commission

For further information: Jan Knight, Supervisor, Harvest Sample Program/Grain Research Laboratory, Canadian Grain Commission, 204-983-2978, jan.knight@grainscanada.gc.ca; Twylla McKendry, Program Manager, Analytical Services, Canadian Grain Commission, 204-983-2289, twylla.mckendry@grainscanada.gc.ca

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