Recommendations - Eastern Standards Committee

The committee makes recommendations to the Canadian Grain Commission at its semi-annual meetings on:

  • Specifications and grain grades which are found in the Official Grain Grading Guide.
  • Standard samples. Elevator operators and Canadian Grain Commission use these to help them determine if a grain sample meets the minimum visual quality for a grade.
  • Grading studies and projects. These include research into grading issues. The committee bases its grading recommendations, in part, on the outcome of grading studies.

November 1, 2016 - Recommendations

Grading changes

Ergot tolerance for fababeans

Effective July 1, 2017, all grades of fababeans will have an ergot tolerance of 0.05% in eastern Canada.

Standard samples and guide samples

The following new standard samples are effective November 15, 2016. Standard samples and guide samples previously adopted for other grades and grains will continue to be used.

Standard samples

  • Soybeans, No. 1 Canada Yellow
  • Peas, No. 1 Canada Yellow
  • Peas, No. 2 Canada Yellow
  • Peas, No. 2 Canada Green

April 6, 2016 - Recommendations

Grading changes

Degree of soundness in oats

Effective July 1, 2016, “poor colour” will be added to the definition for degree of soundness for Oats, No. 4 Canada Eastern.


Standard samples, standard prints and guide samples
Standard samples, standard prints and guide samples are grading tools that the Canadian Grain Commission prepares each year. Members of the Western Standards Committee examine these tools and recommend their use. Inspectors from grain companies and the Canadian Grain Commission use these tools when they are grading grain.
Standard samples and standard prints reflect the proportion of such factors as mildew seen in this year’s harvest. Standard prints are digital photographs rather than physical samples of grain. They are exactly the same as standard samples in all other respects.
Guide samples are similar to standard samples. However, each guide sample represents a single visual grading factor, not a combination of factors.
Primary standard sample
A primary standard samples is prepared for most grades of grain and represent as nearly as possible the minimum quality of each grade, considering the predominant grading factors in the current crop. It is used as visual guides to grading grain before and on delivery at terminal elevators, and on shipments from terminal elevators when no export standard sample is established for a grade.