GFM Network News


New declaration requirements coming up for grain deliveries

Regulatory changes also allow Canadian grades for U.S.-grown grain

Changes are afoot as early as next week for growers from all across Canada — and from the United States — who deliver grain to licensed Canadian buyers, as revised trade rules take effect between the two countries. With the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the successor trade deal to NAFTA, taking effect, new regulations addressing […] Read more

Low falling numbers mean lower wheat prices

Grain buyers’ falling numbers tests are finding evidence of pre-harvest sprouting

A wet fall across the Prairies provided the ideal conditions for pre-harvest sprouting in cereal crops. As a result, falling numbers tests have come to the fore as a quality assessment tool for buyers, with some grain companies performing a falling test on all wheat samples before purchasing. While, for the most part, harvest conditions were the […] Read more


The falling numbers test estimates the amount of sprouting in wheat, barley or rye. It measures the amount of alpha-amylase, an enzyme important in germination, which is present in the grain.


Four ways to avoid low falling numbers in grains

How accurate is the falling number test?

1. Harvest as soon as possible Try and harvest wheat as soon as possible after maturity. The longer it stays in the field once mature, the higher the risk of sprouting if it rains. On the other hand, don’t harvest too early — green kernels can have high alpha-amylase content to provide fuel for grain […] Read more

Grain grading revamp may add falling number, DON as factors

Two significant grain specs that aren’t yet factors for a crop’s official grade are now under consideration to join that official list. The Canadian Grain Commission on Monday put out a call for “grain sector stakeholders” to submit their views before May 10 on a proposal for falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) to both become […] Read more


Interest in falling numbers on the rise

Wheat buyers want the numbers; the AWC wants falling numbers in grading systems

With apologies to accountants and statisticians, numbers don’t always tell the story. Falling numbers, however, are growing in popularity with farmers around the globe. In an industry where success is equal parts calculation and perspiration, more and more producers are counting on falling numbers to help drive their success. “Falling number is a widely used […] Read more

Three steps to make your best grain grade deal

Here's how you can help maximize your profits when making your next grain sale

Occasionally producers make sales agreements with grain companies, then find their grain downgraded when they deliver it to their buyer later in the year. This can happen for numerous reasons. Grain companies may have aggressively over-bought early in the year, causing them to lose money and readjust their grain grading later in the year. Producers […] Read more


It’s important to use the right sieves when figuring out dockage in wheat or canola.

Digging into the details of dockage

Dockage can be an expensive issue on your farm. Learn what it is and how it’s measured

Your grain is in the bin but your job is far from over. Now it’s time to sell that crop. But how do you know you’re getting a fair shake at the local elevator? A little knowledge can go a long way, and so we took a look at the dockage procedures for wheat and […] Read more

Farmer Kevin Sandau collects a sample of canola seed at a grain grading workshop which he later crushed with a roller and then compared to the official Canadian Grain Commission colour chart to estimate the amount of green seed in the sample.

Send your grain harvest samples in for free analysis

The CGC’s Harvest Sample Program gives farmers a valuable marketing tool

Getting a free grain quality analysis at harvest not only puts farmers in a better bargaining position when they market their crops, but it also helps Canada sell grain, canola and pulse crops around the world. The ongoing Harvest Sample Program offered by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) gives a farmer more solid footing when […] Read more


How to haul your grain to the U.S.

Many farmers are looking at State-side selling opportunities. Sarah Weigum digs into the details

Here in the brave new post-single desk world I hear a lot of curious chatter from farmers thinking about hauling their own wheat and barley to the United States. Of course, Canadian pulse and oilseed producers have always been allowed to sell their production to the U.S. so this is not entirely uncharted territory. Other […] Read more

The Canadian Grain Commission received over 10,000 samples for the 2014 Harvest Sample program, up from 7,300 in 2013.

Farmers say some low-quality grain grades inconsistent

Grain quality has taken a beating from hail, moisture and disease. Now some farmers report facing uneven wheat and durum grading at the elevator

Some farmers are still hurting from a poor growing season and harvest at elevators this winter, as they struggle with inconsistent grading. “The condition of this year’s durum crop leaves a lot to be desired,” Jim Wickett said. Wickett farms near Rosetown, Sask., and sits on the Western Standards Committee, which makes recommendations to the Canadian […] Read more