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Sep 10

Always be prepared to ask about your grade or request a “subject to inspector’s grade and dockage determination” from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC)

Posted on Sep 10 By: Brian Kennedy, grower relations and extension manager

Disagreements occur, even among best friends. More often than not disagreements are a result of poor communications or a lack of information.  Communicate using facts when delivering your grain. It’s always best to send away a representative sample for an official grade prior to delivering at the elevator. But failing that, if you have ever received a grade that was lower than you expected, or tougher than you thought when you delivered your grain, here are a few things to be aware of to aid in communication:

  • Unless you have a specific agreement to “average out” several loads from the same bin, every load is given a grade at the elevator separately.
  • The truck driver is considered as agent for the farm.
  • If the truck driver drives away without having questioned the grade, it is too late.
  • More often than not, after the truck is probed, a grade is assigned before the truck enters the elevator. You can, and should ask if you are not happy, to have them grade it again in your presence before the truck is unloaded, as there is some risk of cross contamination.
  • To ask for a “subject to inspectors grade and dockage determination from the CGC, a 1000g representative sample is required. If less than that amount has been sampled, you won’t be able to ask for an official CGC grade.

I am not saying that anyone is, in anyway, being dishonest, but mistakes in country grading have known to have happened and we are all human and accidents do happen.

A great option for producers is to participate in the Harvest Sample Program run by the Canadian Grain Commission. The information you receive from this free program can help gain a strong understanding of your grain quality.

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