A later harvest across much of the Prairies this year may have grain growers wondering how the quality of their grain has been affected. The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has extended the deadline of its Harvest Sample Program to Dec. 30 to allow producers more time to participate.
The Harvest Sample Program is a voluntary program that offers analytical services to Canadian grain producers and grain companies at no cost. Participating producers are emailed a report that includes an unofficial grade along with other quality results including dockage, Falling Number, vomitoxin (DON), and protein and oil content. New for this year, the CGC is now offering dockage assessments for mustard samples in addition to canola.
“We have extended the deadline for harvest sample submissions to make sure that as many producers as possible can take advantage of the program,” said Doug Chorney, CGC chief commissioner, in a press release. “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.”
Producers who are not currently registered for the Harvest Sample Program, but who would like to take part for the 2022 harvest, have until Dec. 12 to register online at www.grainscanada.gc.ca/hsp. There is no charge to participate, and registered participants have until Dec. 30 to send in samples taken from their crops.