Don’t forget to take samples before every crop goes in the bin, says provincial crop market analyst Neil Blue.
“The goal is to have a sample that has the same characteristics as the large volume of product that it represents,” said Blue. “Producers will then have a sample that can be used to shop around with various potential buyers.”
Samples should be kept in a sealed container to keep out insects and rodents and “preserve representative moisture content to maintain sample integrity.”
The Canadian Grain Commission offers its Harvest Sample Program at no charge. It provides an unofficial grade as well as dockage assessment; oil, protein and chlorophyll content for canola; and deoxynivalenol (DON) content and Falling Number for wheat.