Nasty harvest conditions prompts CGC to extend sample program

As Mother Nature brought too little to no moisture during the growing season and then an abundance of a rain and snow during harvest, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has extended its sample program.

“We decided to extend the deadline for harvest sample submissions to make sure that as many producers as possible could take advantage of the program,” Patti Miller, CGC chief commissioner, says in a news release. “Having quality results in hand when they go to the elevators will help producers make the best of a challenging year.”

Farmers usually have until the end of November to submit samples, but with the slowed down harvest due to cold and wet conditions, the CGC has allowed for farmers to send their samples in by the end of December. If you are not registered for the program and would like to be, you have until November 30th to sign up. The sample program is free, and you can enrol by clicking here.

The program offers unofficial grade and quality information to help farmers make their delivery decisions. New for 2018, you can also get your wheat tested for its falling number and DON (deoxynivalenol) results.

The data collected by the CGC is used by marketers to promote the sale of Canadian grain internationally.

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