Know your grade samples – crop marketing analyst
Salespeople have one key aspect in their training: Know your prod- uct.
The same essential rule applies to farmers with grain to sell.
Obtaining and keeping samples of harvested crops is important, says crop market analyst Neil Blue of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Producers, he says, should be taking a representa- tive sample from each load as the crop is harvested and be sure to identify each and keep them in sealed containers.
Producers can also benefit from the free sample program offered through the Canadian Grain Commission.
The CGC sends producers taking part in the Harvest Sample Program a kit and postage-paid envelope to return samples.
The grade results can be accessed by phone, e-mail, or on the CGC website. Results from the sample include:
— An unofficial grade for each sample
— Dockage, oil, protein and chlorophyll content of canola
— Oil, protein and iodine content for flax
— Oil and protein in mustard seed and soybeans — Protein content in barley, oats, wheat, beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas.
— Falling numbers for wheat and deoxynivalenol content for fusarium.