Recommendations of the Western 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.
April 3, 2017 – Recommendations

Guide samples

The following guide samples have been removed from use, effective April 3, 2017. Standard samples and guide samples previously adopted for other grades and grains will continue to be used.

Mildew guides

  • Wheat, No. 1 Canada Western Hard White Spring, 2012
  • Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Hard White Spring, 2012
  • Wheat, No. 4 Canada Western Amber Durum, 2004
  • Wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Red Winter, 2014
November 3, 2016 - Recommendations

Grading changes

Ergot tolerance for fababeans and chickpeas

Effective August 1, 2017, all grades of fababeans and chickpeas will have an ergot tolerance of 0.05% in western Canada.

Tolerance for grasshopper and army worm damage

Effective August 1, 2017, the tolerance for grasshopper and army worm damage in No. 3 Canada Western Red Spring, No. 3 Canada Western Hard White Spring and No. 3 Canada Northern Hard Red wheat will be tightened from 8% to 6%.

Standard samples and guide samples

The following new standard samples and guide 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

Mildew guides

  • Wheat, No. 1 Canada Western Red Spring
  • Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Red Spring
  • Wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Red Spring
  • Wheat, No. 1 Canada Western Amber Durum
  • Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Amber Durum
  • Wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Amber Durum
  • Wheat, No. 1 Canada Western Red Winter
  • Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Red Winter
April 5, 2016 - Recommendations

Grading changes

New grading tables for wheat

Effective August 1, 2016, the Canadian Grain Commission will adopt primary and export grade determinant tables for the new Canada Northern Hard Red and Canada Western Special Purpose wheat classes. The Canadian Grain Commission will publish the tables before August 1.

Degree of soundness in oats

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

Elimination of three wheat classes

On August 1, 2016, these wheat classes will be eliminated

  • Canada Western Interim Wheat
  • Canada Western General Purpose
  • Canada Western Feed

Varieties from these classes will move as follows:

  • Varieties in the Canada Western Interim Wheat class will move to the Canada Northern Hard Red class
  • Varieties in the Canada Western General Purpose and Canada Western Feed classes will move to the Canada Western Special Purpose class.

Definitions

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.

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