Know your grain quality going into the bin

A provincial crop specialist is reminding producers to take a sample of each load going into the bin to get a representative overall sample.

“The goal is to have a sample that has the same characteristics as the large volume of product that it represents,” said Neil Blue.

Farmers should also consider using the Canadian Grain Commission’s free Harvest Sample Program, he added.

Samples can be submitted prior to November with producers given an unofficial grade; protein content (for the main cereal and pulse crops); DON and falling number for wheat; and dockage, oil, protein and chlorophyll content for canola.

To get a personalized kit, including postage-paid envelopes for the samples, go to grainscanada.gc.ca and click on the link on the left side of the home page or visit the Harvest Sample Program page.

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