Canadian Grain Commission Harvest Sample Program

The Canadian Grain Commission is looking for participants for the Harvest Sample Program. The Harvest Sample Program is a voluntary program for Canadian grain producers. If you sign up, you will receive a Harvest Sample kit annually that contains envelopes for sending in samples of your crop. When you sign up for the Harvest Sample Program, you’ll get a free grade annually on samples from your crop of barley, beans, canola, chick peas, corn, flaxseed, lentils, mustard, oats, pea beans, peas, soybeans or wheat.

Posted Sep. 06, 2018

Grade, dockage and quality results

In exchange for your samples, you’ll get the following results at no charge:

  • dockage assessment on canola
  • unofficial grade
  • protein content on barley, beans, chick peas, lentils, oats, peas and wheat
  • oil, protein and chlorophyll content for canola
  • oil and protein content and iodine value for flaxseed
  • oil and protein for mustard seed and soybeans
  • deoxynivalenol (DON) content and Falling Number results for wheat

All grade, dockage and quality results are assessed by the Canadian Grain Commission. The grade provided through the Harvest Sample Program is considered unofficial because the sample isn’t collected by a Canadian Grain Commission grain inspector.

Many producers have told us that it's useful to have grade and quality information on their samples before delivering their grain.

While we do accept samples up to November each year, we encourage you to send your samples as soon as harvest is complete.

Easy to sign up, send samples and get results

  1. Sign up online at or submit the attached form.
  2. Before harvest, They send you a kit, including your Harvest Sample identification number and postage-paid envelopes.
  3. Fill the envelopes with representative samples of your grain and mail them back to them.
  4. They assess your samples.
  5. Get your results online or by calling the CGC.

Five good reasons to take part

1. There is no cost to sign up, and the sample envelopes are postage-paid.
2. You will know your grain’s grade and dockage, based on the samples you submit.
3. The CGC publish reports on the quality of the crop, based on scientific analyses of producers’ harvest samples. These reports help marketers promote domestic and international sales of Canadian grain.
4. The CGC use your samples to establish and evaluate the effectiveness of grading factors and to determine if grain standards need to be changed.
5. CGC scientists use your samples in their research on grain quality and grain safety issues, which contributes to Canada’s reputation for grain quality.

For more information

Looking for more information on the Harvest Sample Program? Visit the Canadian Grain Commission website.


Harvest Sample Program factsheet

Available in English and French

Learn more about the Harvest Sample Program.

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