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2 new standard samples approved for 2013-2014 crop year in western Canada

December 17, 2013

WINNIPEG, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – At its meeting in Winnipeg on November
4, 2013, the Western Standards Committee recommended new standard
samples and guide samples for peas and wheat.

At the meeting, Canadian Grain Commission inspection experts reported
that the most common grading factors were:

        --  Ergot and fusarium damage in wheat
        --  Weather staining and immaturity in soybeans and peas
        --  Hard vitreous kernels (HVK) in amber durum

Standard samples, standard prints and guide samples

Standard samples, standard prints and guide samples are grading tools
that the Canadian Grain Commission prepares each year. Members of the
Western Standards Committee examine these tools and recommend their
use.

New standard samples

The Western Standards Committee recommended the following new standard
samples for the 2013-2014 crop year:

        --  Peas, No. 1 Canada (Yellow) Standard
        --  Peas, No. 2 Canada (Yellow) Standard

Standard samples and prints previously adopted for other grades and
grains will continue to be used.

New guide samples

The Western Standards Committee recommended the following new guide
samples for the 2013-2014 crop year:

        --  Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Amber Durum, Mildew Guide
        --  Wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Amber Durum, Mildew Guide

Guide samples previously adopted for other grades and grain will
continue to be used.

Grading changes effective August 1, 2014

        --  Removal of grade No. 4 Wheat, Canada Western Red Spring
        --  Removal of grade No. 4 Wheat, Canada Western Hard White Spring
        --  Removal of experimental grades of barley from Chapter 24 of the
            Official Grain Grading Guide

Grading studies and projects

The Western Standards Committee bases its grading recommendations, in
part, on the outcome of grading studies and projects. At the meeting,
the committee received updates on several projects.

        --  A study on the effect of green hulls on processing quality in
            order to determine how much green is allowable in No. 2
            soybeans was completed. No grading changes were recommended.
        --  The Canadian Grain Commission worked with the industry to
            clarify how red smudge in Wheat, Canada Western Amber Durum is
            graded.

About the Western Standards Committee

The Western Standards Committee meets twice a year to recommend
specifications for grades of grain, and to select and recommend
standard and guide samples to the Canadian Grain Commission. Members
represent different sectors of the grain industry and include
producers, grain processors, and exporters.

About the 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.

SOURCE Canadian Grain Commission


Source: PR Newswire