Tag: Daryl Beswitherick

Pulse School: Majority of Lentils In Top Two Grades: CGC Survey

The wet weather during the 2016 growing season and harvest took a toll on lentil crop quality in Western Canada, but more than half the crop samples submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission’s harvest survey still fell in the top two grades. “For green lentils, we’re seeing 11.2 percent grading number one and 49.2 percent number… Read more »

Wheat School: The Fusarium Story of 2016

The rain that helped Western Canadian farmers grow big wheat yields in 2016 also created some quality problems that are complicating the marketing of the 31.7 million tonne crop. Almost half (48.6 percent) of the Canada Western Red Spring wheat samples received by the Canadian Grain Commission in its voluntary harvest sample program were downgraded… Read more »

29 Wheat Varieties to be Moved Out of CWRS and CPSR Classes in 2017

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 »

Wheat School: Why Create a New Milling Wheat Class?

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 »

Soybean School: An Inside Look at Grading Soybeans

Want to know what buyers look for in a soybean sample? Or what you don’t want to see in your soybeans? This episode of the Soybean School takes us to the Canadian Grain Commission grading lab in Winnipeg. Thanks to Daryl Beswitherick, program manager for quality assurance and re-inspection at the CGC, for taking some time… Read more »

Mildew and Frost Could Result in Grading Differences Between Grain Buyers

The results are in. Wet weather early in the growing season and again during harvest took a toll on the quality of this year’s crop in Western Canada. Mildew is the most common downgrading factor in spring wheat this year, reports Daryl Beswitherick, Manager of Quality Assurance and Reinspection with the Canadian Grain Commission. “Last year,… Read more »

Don’t Ship Treated Seed!

There’s a right way and a wrong way to get rid of treated seed. Using up most of what you have is a logical first step, but even the few kernels left in bins, trucks or augers could cause you major headaches down the line. Canada’s grain handling system has a zero tolerance level for… Read more »