Know your grade sam­ples – crop mar­ket­ing an­a­lyst

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News - By Ron Wal­ter For Agri-Mart Ex­press Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­joy@sask­tel.net

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.

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