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Archived - 6 new standard samples approved for 2014-15 crop year in western Canada

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December 2, 2014 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canadian Grain Commission

At its meeting on November 3, 2014, the Western Standards Committee recommended new standard and guide samples and standard prints for wheat, soybeans, peas and lentils for the 2014-15 crop year, effective November 19, 2014. Standard samples and standard prints previously adopted for other grades and grains will continue to be used.

Standard samples

  • Peas, No. 1 Canada (Yellow)
  • Peas, No. 2 Canada (Yellow)
  • Soybeans, No. 1 Canada (Yellow)
  • Wheat, No. 1 Canada Western Red Spring
  • Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Red Spring
  • Wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Red Spring

Standard prints

  • Lentils, Canada, other than Red, Good Natural Colour
  • Lentils, Canada, other than Red, Fair Colour

Guide samples

  • Wheat, No. 1 Canada Western Red Spring, Frost/Heat Stress
  • Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Red Spring, Mildew
  • Wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Red Spring, Mildew
  • Wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Red Winter, Mildew

The committee also recommended removing the option to use a Carter dockage tester in the process for determination of dockage and Cracked Corn and Foreign Material (CCFM) in corn, described in Chapter 17 of the Official Grain Grading Guide. This will be effective August 1, 2015.

Quick facts

  • 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.
  • At the meeting, Canadian Grain Commission inspection experts reported that the most common grading factors for the 2014 harvest were:
    • Mildew and Fusarium damage in wheat and amber durum
    • Immaturity in peas
    • Weather staining, adhered soil and immaturity in soybeans
  • The Western Standards Committee meets twice a year to recommend specifications for grades of grain, and to select and recommend standard and guide samples to the Canadian Grain Commission. Members represent different sectors of the grain industry and include producers, grain processors, and exporters.

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Randy Dennis
Chief Grain Inspector for Canada
Canadian Grain Commission

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