Canadian Grain Commission asking for producer input

Should falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) become official grain grading factors? The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) wants to know what you think.

Right now, both are not official grading factors in the statutory Canadian grading system for any type of crop. According to a news release, DON and falling number have increasingly played a critical role in grain contracts and the assessment and price that grain sector participants, including producers, receive for their grain.

For those reasons, the CGC is asking for feedback up until May 10, 2019 on whether people support the use of falling number and DON as grading factors within the Canadian grain grading system, along with what the impacts would be if these changes were implemented.

“We invite all sector stakeholders to join the conversation on whether to incorporate more analytical testing into the grain grading system, with a view to maintaining the standard of excellence for Canadian grain in the modern marketplace,” says Patti Miller, chief commissioner of the CGC.

Other factors, such as advances in technology and analytical testing, now provide the opportunity to test directly for these characteristics using methods that are increasingly accessible to the sector which is another reason why they’re asking for feedback, the commission says.

Click here to take part in the consultation process.

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