Welcome to the Harvest Sample Program!
Your participation is important
The Harvest Sample Program is a voluntary program for Canadian grain producers. If you sign up, you will receive a Harvest Sample kit annually that contains envelopes for sending in samples of your crop.
In exchange for your samples, we give the following results for free:
- dockage assessment (beginning in the fall 2016)
- unofficial grade
- protein content on barley, beans, chick peas, lentils, oats, peas and wheat
- oil, protein and chlorophyll content for canola
- oil and protein content and iodine value for flaxseed
- oil and protein for mustard seed and soybeans
All grade, dockage and quality results are assessed by the Canadian Grain Commission. The grade provided through the Harvest Sample Program is considered unofficial because:
- the sample size does not meet the minimum weight requirement of 1000 grams
- the sample isn't collected by a Canadian Grain Commission grain inspector
Many producers have told us that it's useful to have grade, dockage and quality information on their samples before delivering their grain.
While we do accept samples up to November each year, we encourage you to send your samples as soon as harvest is complete.
Your samples help with
The marketing of Canadian grain
Even if you have a good idea of your grain's grade, we encourage you to send in your samples as soon as your harvest is complete. For you this means receiving your unofficial grade in a timely manner and for us it means making crop quality data available to marketers to promote the sale of Canadian grain. This quality information confirms Canada's ability to deliver consistent, high-quality grain from year to year.
Evaluating our grain grades
Your samples help us evaluate the effectiveness of grain grading factors and help us determine if changes are needed. These changes can mean revising grading factors to reflect processing needs or protect the quality reputation of Canadian grain. Your samples also provide needed information to determine the standard samples that will be used to grade grain for that year.
Research projects that benefit producers
By sending in your samples, you are also contributing to Canadian Grain Commission scientific research. These research projects include finding new uses for grain to help create new markets for your product. Your samples enable us to research grading factors and other issues that may affect the end-use quality of Canadian grain.
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