Mildew doesn’t impact the milling qualities of wheat as much as it affects appearance, according to a two-year study conducted by the Canadian Grain Commission. For this reason, the CGC says it’s allowing an increased presence of mildew in milling wheat classes in Western Canada effective immediately. The commission initiated the study after extensive downgrading… Read More

August 1st, 2016 marked four years since the Western Canadian grain industry underwent a historical change: the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s marketing monopoly. Each crop year, the Canadian Grain Commission publishes a report entitled “Grain Elevators in Canada.” The report is filled with information on the number of licensed grain handling facilities, who… Read More

At least 29 farmers will receive less than 15 cents on the dollar for crops they delivered to Naber Specialty Grains Ltd., the Melfort, Saskatchewan-based specialty crop buyer that went into receivership in June 2015. The commissioner for the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), Murdoch MacKay, suggests proposed changes to the CGC’s producer payment security program… Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has asked the RCMP to investigate a bankrupt Melfort, Saskatchewan-based specialty grain company. Naber Specialty Grains Ltd. (NSGL) went into receivership on June 18, 2015, owing millions of dollars to creditors, including farmers. NSGL was licensed with the CGC to operate a primary elevator at Melfort until May 8, 2015. Licensed grain companies are required… Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission is proposing licensing producer car loading facilities and agents who use producer car loading sites. The CGC also wants more feedback on licensing feed mills to ensure producers get paid for grain deliveries. Under the proposal published on Tuesday, producer car loading facilities would be licensed as a new subclass of primary… Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission is moving ahead with its proposal to realign the wheat classification system for Western Canada. Two new classes will be created while three others will be eliminated on August 1st, 2016. The Canada Northern Hard Red class will be established to address concerns about lower gluten strength in some milling wheat… Read More

Grain is in the absolute best condition it can be when it’s put into storage. Keeping it that way is critical for maintaining its value and marketability. Insect infestations aren’t as big a problem for farmers in Canada as in other (read: warmer) parts of the world, but they can still cause significant damage. Typically, 1 to… Read More

There’s been renewed interest in using producer cars to ship grain to customers in recent years, in part due to the backlog in the Western Canadian grain handling system following the bumper crop in 2013, as well as the entrance of new grain buyers after the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly in 2012. As… Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission has announced 29 varieties of Canada Western Red Spring and Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat will be moved to a different wheat class on August 1st, 2017. The reclassification follows a revision of the quality parameters for the CWRS and CPSR classes by the Prairie Grain Development Committee earlier this year…. Read More

Based on feedback received earlier this year, the Canadian Grain Commission is moving closer to establishing a new class for milling wheat varieties with lower gluten strength. The change is meant to protect the quality and consistency of the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat classes, while also creating a… Read More

The value of a load of canola delivered to an elevator can vary by a few hundred dollars depending on the sieve used by the elevator to determine dockage. According to the Official Grain Grading Guide, an elevator can choose between five different slotted sieves, with slots ranging in size from 0.028 to 0.040 of… Read More

Responding to demands from both the Canadian wheat industry and international customers, the Canadian Grain Commission has proposed creating a new class of milling wheat for Western Canada. As part of this Wheat School West episode, Daryl Beswitherick, program manager for quality assurance with the CGC, explains they believe the creation of a new milling class with lower… Read More

Feed companies, farmers and other stakeholders in the feed industry in Western Canada have until April 9th to share their thoughts on the proposed mandatory licensing of feed mills with the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC.) So why is the CGC looking at licensing feed mills? In 2012, two major hog producers — Puratone and Big… Read More

 

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