A sample of Canadian corn
The Canadian Grain Commission provides resources about Canadian corn that are related to the Canadian Grain Commission’s functions as defined under the Canada Grain Act. This includes information about Canadian corn standards and grades.
Species: Zea mays
Growing areas: Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec
Corn has a variety of uses. Corn is made into breakfast cereal, bread, snack foods and corn syrup. It is used to make bourbon or whisky. It is a source of ethanol for fuel. It is also used to make plastic and fabrics. In agriculture, corn is used as fish bait and livestock feed.
Corn is one of the grains defined in Canada Grain Regulations – Section 5. This means that the Canadian Grain Commission establishes and maintains quality standards for corn. Also, this means that corn is one of the crops protected by security. If a licensed grain company refuses or fails to pay for a delivery of corn, the producer can make a claim against security.
The Canadian Grain Commission defines Canadian grain standards and assesses the grade of grains against these standards. The Grain Grading Guide contains all the standards for Canadian grain. Chapter 17 presents the standards for corn.
The Western Standards committee and Eastern Standards committee review these grading standards and recommend changes when necessary. The committees also select the standard samples of Canadian grain used each year.