Farmers have until Dec.30 to submit a sample
By Diego Flammini
The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is giving farmers more time to participate in the Harvest Sample Program.
A notice on the CGC’s website indicates farmers have until Dec. 30 to send in samples for the 2022 program.
And farmers who signed up by Dec. 12 will receive envelopes in time to submit samples this year.
“We have extended the deadline for harvest sample submissions to make sure that as many producers as possible can take advantage of the program. Having quality results in hand before they deliver their grain will help inform their marketing decisions, while helping us share Canadian crop quality with the world,” Doug Chorney, chief commissioner of the CGC, said in a statement.
The CGC started the free voluntary survey in 1927 to test wheat samples.
Twenty years later, canola was added to the list of crops.
Today, farmers can send in samples of soybeans, lentils, chickpeas, oats and other crops and receive multiple pieces of information, including:
- Unofficial grades
- Dockage assessments on canola and mustard
- Falling number for wheat and rye
- Vomitoxin (DON) levels of wheat, corn and barley
Farmers can use this information when marketing and delivering grain. And the CGC uses the data to put together annual crop quality reports.