Canadian Grain Commission taking samples from producers on crop information

By Alice McFarlane/CJVR
November 29, 2018 - 2:00pm

Farmers are looking for more information on their crop.

Producers can send in samples to the Canadian Grain Commission in order to get more information on oil content and chlorophyll levels in canola, protein as well as deoxynivalenol (DON) and falling numbers for wheat.

Canadian Grain Commission program manager, Daryl Beswitherick, said the percentage of number one Hard Red Spring Wheat started to decline.

“We’re showing 61 per cent of the crop is still grading number one and 16 per cent number two and going down from there,” Beswetherick said. “It’s surprising how well the crop did hold up considering what we heard with all the snow and wet weather for an extended period of time.

“About 10 per cent of the wheat samples are graded as feed wheat so you know the crop is still grading number two or number three which is much better the having feed wheat,” he added.

Eighty per cent of the canola crop is grading number one and then going down from there. Seven percent is number two, nine percent number three and about four percent is in that sample grade.  

The main grading factor is green kernels which elevated levels of chlorophyll.

“Northwestern Saskatchewan and a lot of Alberta was impacted by the late harvest and a lot of the canola won’t turn.” Beswitherick said.

Pulses were taken off early and beat the bad weather. 

Overall from a visual grading perspective it was a typical year, he said.

About 12,000 samples were submitted to the commission with more expected before the deadline at the end of the calendar year.


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