Western crop year grading changes

News Release

July 27, 2017     Winnipeg          Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission would like to announce these grain grading changes for the 2017-2018 new crop year in western Canada taking effect August 1, 2017:

  • adding an ergot tolerance of 0.05% in all grades of fababeans and chickpeas
  • changing the tolerance for grasshopper and army worm damage from 8% to 6% in No. 3 Canada Western Red Spring, No. 3 Canada Western Hard White Spring and No. 3 Canada Northern Hard Red wheat

On its website, the Canadian Grain Commission is posting an up-to-date Official Grain Grading Guide, including new primary grade determinant tables, on July 28, 2017. The updated guide comes into effect August 1, 2017.

Quick Facts

  • the tolerance for grasshopper and army worm damage was tightened after research showed that 8% grasshopper and army worm damage can impact end-use functionality

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Daryl Beswitherick
Program Manager, Quality Assurance Standards
Canadian Grain Commission


Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada’s grain quality standards. Its programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers’ rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions.

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