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Pulse weekly outlook: Wrinkles, loss of colour problems for lentils

MarketsFarm — As Canada’s lentil harvest comes along slowly, issues with wrinkles and the loss of colour have arisen, according to Markus Mosnaim of Globeway Canada in Mississauga. Loss of colour in green lentils translates to a downgrade, he said. “It can drop to No. 2, depending on how much colour is lost.” Wrinkles, meanwhile, […] Read more


USMCA ratification bill amends Canada Grain Act

U.S. complaints that Canada discriminates against its wheat will be addressed, if Canadian legislation to ratify the updated North American Free Trade Agreement becomes law. Bill C-100, the implementing legislation for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), received first and second reading in the House of Commons May 29 and last Tuesday (June 11) respectively. It […] Read more

Outrage, acceptance greet Son of NAFTA

Responses from Canada’s farm sectors range from acceptance to anger as concessions and market access granted under the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) come into clearer view. Dairy: ‘Who needs an enemy?’ The new agreement, announced Sunday and dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the U.S. government, is expected to […] Read more


The Canadian Grain Commission will use individual standard samples for frost/heat stress and mildew replacing the current combined standard samples as the assessment tools for these grading factors in all classes of western Canadian wheat starting Aug. 1. This photo shows various amounts of mildew versus a sound sample.

Grain commission tweaks grading tests for start of new crop year

New test for assessing mildew and heat/frost stress will prevent unnecessary downgrading of wheat

Grading factors for mildew and heat/frost stress when grading western Canadian wheat will be tweaked starting Aug. 1, the start of the 2018-19 crop year, the Canadian Grain Commission has announced. “It’s not a significant difference,” said Daryl Beswitherick, the grain commission’s program manager for quality assurance standards and reinspection. “The frequency of the factors […] Read more

CGC assistant chief commissioner Jim Smolik.

Free grain-grading program arms farmers to better market their crop

The Canadian Grain Commission’s sampling program takes the guesswork out of grain grading

Of all the things a farmer can’t control, grain grading seems to cause the most headaches after harvest. “You all make your decisions during the year of what you’re going to seed, how you’re going to seed it, and what fertilizers and chemicals you’re going to use to try and maximize the profitability on your […] Read more


Germination is the most important grading factor for maltsters — without it, malt barley is “worth nothing,” 
says Rahr Malting’s Kevin Sich.

Making the Grade: Does your grain have what it takes to hit No. 1?

The word ‘subjective’ comes up a lot — here’s what you need to 
know about main grading factors for canola, wheat, and malt

After a summer of battling drought, insects, and hail, will your grain make the grade this harvest season? That’s what nearly 100 producers set out to find at a recent workshop hosted by the province’s canola, wheat, and barley commissions. And what they discovered at the Making the Grade workshop is that small things can […] Read more