Canadian grain grading changes coming for the 2023-2024 crop year

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has announced updates to the Official Grain Grading Guide set to take effect with the new crop year.

Following consultation with sector stakeholders through the Western Standards Committee and Eastern Standards Committee, the Canadian Grain Commission is implementing grading changes designed to “better meet the needs of the agriculture sector in Canada and grain buyers around the world.”

Some of the upcoming changes, which will take effect on August 1, 2023, include:

  • Severely sprouted definition for western wheats
    • The definition of the severely sprouted grading factor for western classes of wheat in the Official Grain Grading Guide is being updated after research was completed on the impacts to end-use quality
    • The research confirmed that sprouted wheat where the sprout was partially broken off the kernel had similar end-use qualities as regular sprouted wheat. That portion of the definition is being removed from the severely sprouted grading factor definition
  • Test weight and total foreign material alignment for some wheat classes
    • As part of the CGC grain grading modernization initiative, the primary and export tolerances for test weight and total foreign material are being aligned in most of the classes of western wheat where they differed
    • The test weight and total foreign material primary and export tolerances will be aligned to the export tolerances for all grades of the following classes of wheat:
      • Canada Western Red Spring
      • Canada Western Hard White Spring
      • Canada Western Extra Strong
      • Canada Western Soft White Spring
      • Canada Northern Hard Red
    • The total foreign material primary and export tolerances for Canada Western Amber Durum will also be aligned to the export tolerances for all grades.

The CGC is also making several other changes to definitions in the Official Grain Grading Guide, including updates to:

  • The determination of dockage process in the canola chapter to clarify the process and the different sized sieves that should be used after concerns were raised by producers about inconsistencies in the process used at delivery
    the definition of “processed sample” in all chapters to address issues with samples submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission for official grades where dockage was already removed
  • The composition of dockage to include insect parts and the definition for insect parts in the lentil, bean, chickpea and fababean chapters
  • The composition of dockage to include the percentage of hulled seeds in dockage and the definition of foreign material and hulled seeds in the canary seed chapter

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